In a report released on Monday, June 17th, the BC Coroners Service revealed that Duncan resident Ben Kilmer who went missing last year died by suicide.
41-year-old Ben Kilmer was reported missing on May 16th, 2018, and shortly after, RCMP found his work van still running, with his personal belongings and a blood splatter that was matched to Kilmer.
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His body was found five months later by a hiker on October 17th, 2018, approximately 7 km from where his van was found.
According to the Coroner’s report, there was an encampment nearby suggesting that Kilmer had spent some time in the area before his death.
While the blood splatter in his van was matched to Kilmer, it was determined to be from an injury unrelated to his disappearance and death.
Kilmer is survived by his wife Tonya, and two young children.
If you or someone you know needs help, call the B.C. Crisis Centre Distress Line number at 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-784-2433.