The body of a man discovered near McNeill Bay has now been identified as 56-year-old Oak Bay resident Ronald Merner.

Officers were called to the area at around 5:45 p.m. Sunday evening after a person spotted the body just off the shoreline.

Merner was last seen on April 20 and was believed to have gone to the McNeill Bay area before he went missing.

Forensic detectives from Saanich police were called in to investigate and the BC Coroners Service was also called in to identify the body.

Foul play is not suspected.

 

 

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Police are investigating after the discovery of a body off an Oak Bay beach Sunday night

Officers were called to the area at around 5:45 p.m. after a person spotted the body just off the shoreline of McNeill Bay.

Oak Bay have confirmed the body is that of a Caucasian male.

Police have been searching for a missing 56-year-old Oak Bay man  who last seen on April 20 and was believed to have gone to the McNeill Bay area before he went missing.

Investigators have yet to confirm the body’s identity but officers have notified the family of Ronald Merner about the recovery.

Police say it’s too early to tell whether it’s the result of foul play.

The BC Coroners Service will perform an autopsy on the body.