Petty Officer 1st Class Carlos Cea left his home without his wallet or keys on Sunday evening, and did not report for duty on Monday or Tuesday.
Captain Chelsea Dubeau of the Esquimalt Navy Public Affairs office confirmed on Tuesday he is officially considered to be a missing person and Military Police are investigating.
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On Wednesday morning, it was reported by the vessel of which he served, the HMCS Calgary, that he was found deceased. Cea’s body was found in a wooded area near Work Point in Esquimalt.
Victoria Buzz received reports of emergency vehicles responding to a wooded area near the wastewater treatment facility located just off the base on Tuesday afternoon.
Cea’s family has been notified and are asking for privacy while they grieve his loss.
The Military Police are supporting and collaborating with the BC Coroner’s Office in the investigation at this time.
“Carlos was a leader in Calgary, highly regarded for his personal dedication and care for others. He spent 18 years and close to 1000 days at sea in service to Canada,” the HMCS Calgary said in an official post about Cea.
“He was a loving husband, a proud father of four, and a shipmate to many.”