Thursday, February 22, 2024

Police still trying to identify deceased man found near Swan Lake in Saanich


Saanich Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the body of a man found dead near Swan Lake last month. 

On October 12th, a body was discovered in a wooded section of Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary near the intersection of Douglas Street and Haynes Road.

Saanich Police detectives in the Major Crime Unit have been working since to identify the man. 


Saanich Police seek information about body found near Swan Lake in Saanich

Police are now turning to the public for insight as to who the deceased man was, or any information that may help them in their investigation.

Police say he was an adult male believed to be experiencing homelessness, he stood about 5’10” tall and was 160 pounds.

According to police, the man was living in a two-toned silver and teal tent, there were several bicycles around the tent and there were no personal items that might help identify the man.

The BC Coroner’s Office (BCCO) is also currently investigating the man’s death which is not considered to be suspicious at this time. 

“We know that this is somebody’s loved one so we’re hoping anyone with information will come forward and speak with our investigators,” said Const. Markus Anastasiades. 

“We are sharing a photo of the tent and sleeping bag in an effort to identify the man, as these were only a few of the identifiable items found at the scene.”

Investigators are asking anyone with information about this man’s identity to call Saanich Police at (250) 475-4321. 

To report anonymously through the Greater Victoria CrimeStoppers, call 1-888-222-8477.

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