RCMP and BC Coroners Service investigators are continuing to gather evidence as an investigation continues into three dead bodies found in a gravel pit in Whiskey Creek on November 1.
The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU), which is leading the investigation, is ready to turn to the public for further answers on the incident.
According to a press release issued on Friday, VIIMCU has concluded their physical evidence gathering at the scene where the bodies were found near the Melrose Forest Service Road in rural Qualicum Beach.
Police are now appealing to the public on two aspects of the investigation.
First, the gravel pit where the bodies were found is a popular area for dirt bikers, people riding quads and 4×4 enthusiasts.
“Investigators are hoping to speak to anyone who was in the area on November 1st or the evening/late-night of October 31 and may have video such as a GoPro or helmet cam footage,” says Corporal Chris Manseau, Media Relations Officer for the BC RCMP.
Secondly, police say that it is believed that two individuals were near the scene on Highway 19 in the early morning of Nov. 1 and may have flagged down a motorist driving a light coloured sedan who provided them with a ride.
“The driver who picked up these individuals is being asked to reach out to police. They unknowingly may have information crucial to this investigation,” adds Corporal Manseau.
Anyone with information is asked to call the VIIMCU information line at 250-380-6211.
Since the incident, sources have identified one of the bodies found in Whiskey Creek as Shawn McGrath. Several of the same sources fear that McGrath’s longtime girlfriend, Shandra Wilson, was also one of the deceased.