WATCH: As Saanich police say they’ve recovered 30-year-old Andrew Michael Sidor’s missing belongings, a friend says the Victoria man will be missed. April Lawrence reports.
Brian Kruse is still trying to understand what could have happened to his friend Andrew Sidor.
“It’s still a shock what happened,” he said Tuesday.
Thirty-year-old Andrew Michael Sidor was found dead in a Saanich driveway Saturday morning, under circumstances police are calling suspicious.
Kruse and Sidor, who both live at Victoria’s Rock Bay shelter, bonded over long, deep conversations. Kruse says the 30-year-old started opening up to him about his past, including problems with his family and struggles with addiction.
“He said you’re my friend? And he gave me this great big hug like he didn’t have a friend,” Kruse said.
More than three days after it first went up, police tape still surrounded a vacant home under construction on Crease Avenue and Wascana Street Tuesday afternoon. While there is a major crimes investigation underway, there are still very few answers about what happened there.
Saanich police now say they have recovered Sidor’s black backpack and shoes that had been missing when his body was discovered and they are now trying to piece together his movements in the two days before his death.
Kruse says his friend has been at the Rock Bay shelter every day since March but Thursday evening he suddenly vanished.
“Somebody went out for a walk with him from here on Thursday night, and then ran into a friend of Andrews, and that’s the last,” Kruse said.
“He never missed a day here so where he was Friday is up in the air to me.”
While detectives from the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) now try to figure out what happened, Kruse is remembering his friend.
“He’s a good friend and a good guy, very honest… going to miss him a lot,” he said.