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Body discovered near Lake Cowichan confirmed to be missing Oak Bay woman


The BC Coroner’s Office confirmed Friday that the body found behind Lake Cowichan on August 1 was that of missing 82-year-old Gladys Barman.

Barman went missing over a month ago and was last seen fuelling her vehicle at the Petro-Canada on West Saanich Road on July 5.

Her vehicle was found abandoned on July 22, 11 kilometres from where her body was later located.

Foul play is not suspected, and Barman’s next-of-kin have been notified.

Oak Bay police chief Ray Bernoties thanked the department’s law enforcement partners, the media, and Cowichan Search & Rescue for aiding in the search for Barman. He also expressed condolences to her family. 

“As this is a Coroners Service file and out of respect for the loved ones of Ms. Barman, we will not be providing further comment at this time,” Bernoties said.

Myles Sauer
Former staff editor and writer at Victoria Buzz.

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