The death of a man who was found in a Saanich driveway is no longer considered suspicious and foul play is not suspected, police said Thursday.
The body of Andrew Michael Sidor, 30, was discovered in front of a house at Crease Avenue and Wascana Drive just before 9 a.m. on Aug. 17.
“The Vancouver Island Major Crime Unit and the Saanich Police have determined that the death of Andrew Sidor did not involve foul play,” a release from Saanich police said.
Due to the nature of his injuries, Sidor’s death was initially deemed suspicious. The Vancouver Island Major Crime Unit led the investigation and the days after his body was found, a large amount of blood could still be seen at the scene near the Galloping Goose trail.
“New information, new evidence, interviews, medical assistance, that all comes forward and it provides us [with] a bigger picture and allows us to come to conclusions that weren’t available early on in the investigation.” Sgt. Damian Kowalewich with Saanich police said.
“Sometimes what appears to be suspicious to a member of the public, or even the police for that matter can change.”
Police had released still images from surveillance video showing Sidor walking through the Rock Bay area on Thursday, Aug. 15. when his black backpack and white lace-up runners (seen in the video) could not be found.
On Tuesday, police confirmed the backpack and shoes had been located in the same area where Sidor’s body was found following tips from the public. Kowalewich said the neighbourhood is safe and there is no risk to the public.
Saanich police said they will not be commenting on the cause of death. The B.C. Coroners Service is conducting their own investigation into Sidor’s death, to determine how, where, when and by what means he died.
“Our condolonces go out to Mr. Sidor’s family and friends during this emotional time,” Kowalewich said in a statement.