BC RCMP have confirmed the body of a 60-year-old Vancouver Island man who was reported missing earlier this week has been found.
Ottavio Cutillo was reported missing on Monday, September 12th, however, he had not been seen since September 8th.
RCMP released an update early Thursday morning on the case stating they were looking to speak with a man driving a 2017 white Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, Ontario licence plate BR 63762, who may have helped Cutillo Saturday evening.
It is believed Cutillo’s vehicle, a 2006 red Toyota Yaris, may have broken down that same night near the old train station on the Alberni Highway in Parksville and that the man driving the pickup truck assisted him.
RCMP and Arrowsmith Search and Rescue had been actively searching for Cutillo in the Oceanside area since Monday.
Late Thursday night, BC RCMP released a statement saying Cutillo‘s body was discovered today.
“Although a full determination has yet to be made, RCMP do not believe that criminality was involved in the man’s sudden death,” Sgt. Shane Worth with the Oceanside RCMP said in a statement.
The suspected cause of death was not released.
Police did not confirm whether they were able to track down the man who assisted Cutillo last Saturday.