Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Missing Man Investigation Continues


VicPD Detectives are continuing the investigation into the disappearance of Richard Watson, a 62-year-old Victoria man whose boat was reported sunk in the Selkirk Waterway on Monday.

Watson was reported missing to police on Sunday, October 5th, but was last seen by friends on Thursday, October 2nd.  Watson did have plans to travel to the lower mainland for a family gathering on the weekend.

When officers visited the boat later in the day on Sunday, it was still afloat, but vacant. The investigation into the disappearance continued.

Early in the morning on Monday, officers were called to the Selkirk Waterway where Watson’s boat was found submerged. An extensive search of the boat and area was carried out by VicPD, the Victoria Fire Department and the Integrated Police Dive Team.

Investigators are now hoping that members of the public, who may have information into Watson’s disappearance, or his current location, will come forward.

Watson is described as a Caucasian man, approximately 5-foot-6 and 150 lbs. He has dark hair and was last seen wearing a black hoodie. He also typically carries a black backpack.

If you have any information into Watson’s whereabouts, or information about his disappearance, please call VicPD on the non-emergency line at or report anonymously through Crime Stoppers at


Victoria Buzz Staff
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