An investigation is underway after human remains were found near the Tsawwassen ferry terminal.
Outer Gulf Islands RCMP responded to a call from the Victoria Coast Guard on September 2nd, involving the discovery of human remains in the waters of the Strait of Georgia.
A civilian vessel traveling from Vancouver Island had reported their discovery, prompting a coordinated response from local law enforcement and the Coast Guard.
The incident occurred approximately 11 kilometers west of the Tsawwassen ferry terminal, prompting concerns about the origins of the discovered remains.
Outer Gulf Island RCMP, based on Pender Island, initiated a joint operation with the Ganges Coast Guard crew from Salt Spring Island, in response to the call received around 9 a.m.
Both the police and Coast Guard units arrived at the scene shortly after 10 a.m. and confirmed that the discovered remains were indeed human, the body was recovered with help from the RCMP vessel Lindsay.
Following this operation, the BC Coroners Service was notified, and they subsequently assumed control of the investigation.
The remains were transported to Sidney, where they were further conveyed to Victoria General Hospital for identification and an autopsy to determine the cause of death, if possible.
Here, medical professionals will work to establish the identity of the deceased individual and conduct an autopsy to ascertain the possible cause of death.
BC Coroners Services will closely collaborate with the RCMP Missing Persons Unidentified Human Remains Unit to expedite the identification process. The goal is to provide closure to the affected family and further the ongoing investigation.
Authorities have not released any information regarding the possible identity of the deceased or the circumstances surrounding their discovery. The investigation is ongoing, and updates will be provided as more information becomes available.
This incident serves as a reminder of the dedication and swift response of law enforcement and emergency services in the Outer Gulf Islands area, working diligently to ensure the safety and well-being of the community.