Port Alberni RCMP say 34-year-old Trevor Oakley has been found dead, and his death is being treated as a homicide.
Oakley was reported missing January 17th, after last being seen at a Port Alberni shelter where he had been staying January 3.
His mother, Karen Bosch, made an emotional public appeal for information in the case January 27.
Now, police say in a release that Oakley’s remains were found near Sarita Bay, about 70km south of Port Alberni, on Sunday April 2.
An autopsy is scheduled for Friday afternoon, and the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit is handling the case.
RCMP Cst. Amelia Hayden says police don’t believe Oakley’s death was a random act, and don’t believe there is any danger to the public. She says police don’t have any more information to release at this stage.
Earlier, during the investigation into his disappearance, RCMP said Oakley’s car, a grey Dodge Neon, was found across the city from the shelter, parked on the 2800 block of 4th Avenue three days after he was reported missing.
Bosch said her son called her the last day he was seen, “saying he was coming and getting up to Nanaimo and he never showed up,” during her news conference.
Police are asking anyone who has information about Oakley’s disappearance or death to call VIIMCU at 250-380-6211, or anonymously through CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).