30-year-old Ben Ricard

The search for a 32-year-old man who has been missing since Tuesday has ended in tragedy.

Earlier this week, Nanaimo RCMP reported they were looking for a missing 30-year old man (a discrepancy now confirmed by police) named Ben Ricard.

After finishing work, Ricard did not return to his north end Nanaimo residence, sparking concern from his friends and family regarding his safety and well-being.

Now, officers have confirmed Ricard has been found deceased.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on January 20th, an individual walking along a beach just north of Nanaimo discovered his body.

Both police and the BC Coroners Service attended and confirmed the identity of the man.

His family has been notified and the investigation is ongoing.

Foul play is not suspected.