Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Human remains identified from 2021 Bella Coola River boat crash with Victoria couple on board


Bella Coola RCMP and BC Coroners Service have confirmed they have positively identified human remains found on February 27th as the deceased Keith Epp.

Epp was one of three people reported missing in an August 2021 boating mishap on the Bella Coola River.

See more: Victoria couple identified in tragic boat crash in Bella Coola River last week

In August 2021, Epp was hired as a guide for a four-hour boat trip for a Victoria couple’s 10th wedding anniversary. 

At approximately 11:30 a.m. on August 10th 2021, Andrea Murdoch, Cameron Murdoch and Keith Epp’s boat was identified as going downstream.

According to Bella Coola RCMP, someone spotted the boat partially capsized.

No people were found on or near the boat when it was discovered.

Just after 7:30 p.m. the same night, Campbell River Search and Rescue deployed a helicopter and located the body of an individual approximately two kilometres above Grant Road and four kilometres downstream from the river bend.

The body was later identified as Cameron Murdoch. 

Now, human remains found on February 27th have been identified as Epp.

Andrea Murdoch’s remains have yet to be located, the last of the three victims to be found. 

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