RCMP and Search and Rescue are continuing their search for the third missing Sooke man after his two companions were found deceased on Sunday.
The three men, all in their 20s, set off towards Sooke River on the evening of Friday, January 31st. On Sunday afternoon, two of them were found dead by Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue teams.
Family have identified the deceased as Cory Mills and Eric Blackmore. The third member of the party, AJ Jensen, remains missing.
The three were travelling together in a blue Dodge Dakota which was located in the Sooke River near the 3000 block of Sooke River Road early Sunday afternoon.
RCMP found the bodies of Mills and Blackmore shortly afterwards.
On Monday, authorities deployed an under water recovery team to search for Jensen but to no avail.
“BC Coroners Service is in the early stages of its fact-finding investigation to determine how, where, when and by what means two males in their early 20s came to their unexpected deaths,” said Andy Watson, spokesperson for the BC Coroners Service, in an email to Victoria Buzz on Monday.
Police say there is no reason to suspect foul play in their deaths at this time.
Family friends have launched a GoFundMe account to assist with the costs to come for the families of the three men.
They aim to raise $30,000 and, as of the time of publication, have collected approximately $14,800.