Police release identity of man found dead in Saanich driveway

Police release identity of man found dead in Saanich driveway
WatchSaanich Police are searching for a backpack and a pair of shoes belonging to 30-year-old Andrew Michael Sidor. Sidor was found dead in a driveway near Crease Avenue Saturday.

Police have released the identity of the man who was found dead in Saanich on Saturday morning.

Saanich police confirmed Monday afternoon that 30-year-old Andrew Michael Sidor from Victoria was found dead just before 9 a.m. on Aug. 17 in the driveway of a home at Crease Avenue and Wascana Drive.

Police said due to the nature of the Sidor’s injuries, his death is considered suspicious. Sidor’s family has been notified of his death.

According to police, with Sidor’s identity known, investigators have been able to track some of his movements prior to his death and have got surveillance video from the Rock Bay area on Aug. 15. Sidor was wearing the same clothing in the video that he was found in at the time of his death.

Police said they have not recovered his backpack or his shoes. They believe the two items will provide “valuable insights” into Sidor’s death and are asking for the public’s help in locating them. The backpack is described as all black, with possibly some reflective or shiny material on the shoulder straps. The shoes are described as white, or light coloured, lace-up runners.

The photos of Sidor's backpack and shoes. (Saanich police)

The photos of Sidor’s backpack and shoes. (Saanich police)

Still photos from the video surveillance have been released. Anyone who finds the shoes or the backpack is asked to call police immediately and not touch or move them. Anyone who had contact with Sidor between Aug. 15 and the morning of Aug. 17 is also asked to contact police. Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) is leading the investigation. Their information line is 250-380-6211 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

“Our sincerest condolences go out to Mr. Sidor’s family and friends. We will continue to put all necessary resources into investigating how and why he died, to bring some level of closure to those who loved him” Sgt. Julie Fast, public information officer for Saanich police, said in a release.


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