Oceanside RCMP, along with the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) and the BC Coroners Service, are continuing to investigate a fatal incident that took place in rural Qualicum Beach earlier this month.
Investigators are seeking further answers after three dead bodies were found in a gravel pit near Whiskey Creek on Nov. 1.
Along with the three human bodies, investigators found the remains of four dogs as well.
In addition to the bodies found just off the Melrose Forest Service Road, a fourth man was located in the area suffering from a gunshot wound.
During the evidence-gathering phase, multiple burned structures in the area of the gravel pit were examined, according to VIIMCU.
Fire scenes bring a variety of challenges and are complex scenes to process. Investigators must pore over the scene, meticulously search through debris piece by piece and then examine collected items using specialized techniques, says Corporal Chris Manseau, Media Relations Officer for the BC RCMP.
As part of the investigation, VIIMCU is still hoping to speak with the motorist who picked up two hitchhikers in a light-coloured sedan on the morning of Nov. 1.
“This individual has not yet made contact with police and may be unaware that they are being sought by police as a witness,” says a press release.
The RCMP say they are continuing to work with the BC Coroners Service to definitively confirm the ID of the deceased as well.
Anyone that may have information regarding the incident is being asked to contact the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit at 250-380-6211.