Police probe man’s death after his body was pulled from the Cowichan River

North Cowichan\Duncan

2021-05-21 21:14 PDT

File # 2021-7655

RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are working to establish the identity of a man, and determine the cause of his death, after his body was found floating in the Cowichan River Friday afternoon.

On May 21, 2021 at 1:37 p.m., North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP and emergency medical crews responded to a report of a body spotted floating downstream of the Cowichan River in the vicinity of the 3000-block of Allenby Road. A short time later a second caller reported locating the individual behind a business situated in the 400-block of Cowichan Way.

The RCMP Underwater Recovery Team worked collaboratively with Cowichan Search And Rescue to retrieve the body and return it to shore, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the BC RCMP. Investigators are now focussed on establishing an identity for the deceased, believed to be an adult man in his 40’s. Police have been scouring the shorelines upstream from where the man was pulled from the water, in an effort to advance their ongoing investigation.

The BC Coroners Service has launched its own concurrent fact finding investigation to determine how, where, when and by what means the man came to his death.

The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP General Investigation Section (GIS) has assumed conduct of the ongoing investigation. Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522.

Released by:

Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey
District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Southeast District
170-395 Penno Road Kelowna, BC V1X 7W5
Office: 250-491-4317
Cell: 250-869-9578
Fax: 250-491-2381

Email: jesse.odonaghey@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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