Saanich Police seek to identify deceased man found at Swan Lake: ‘This is somebody’s loved one’

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Saanich Police have released photos of a deceased man's tent and sleeping bag in an effort to identify him. The man, who was believed to be homeless, was found dead in a wooded area of Swan Lake on Oct. 12.

Saanich Police are releasing more information about a deceased man found at Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary in October, saying his identity remains unknown nearly one month later.

The man’s body was found in a wooded area of the sanctuary near the intersection of Douglas Street and Haynes Road on Oct. 12, police said in an initial Oct. 13 news release.

In a subsequent release Monday, police said detectives from Saanich’s major crime unit had been working to identify the man, but were without luck — prompting a call to the public for information.

The man, who stood around 5-foot-10 and weighed 160 pounds, was believed to be homeless and living in a two-toned silver and teal tent with a dark blue tarp overtop, according to police.

There were also several bicycles in the area surrounding the tent, though no personal items in the immediate area could help investigators identify the man, police said.

“We know that this is somebody’s loved one, so we’re hoping anyone with information will come forward and speak with our investigators,” Const. Markus Anastasiades, communications officer with Saanich Police, said in a news release.

“We are sharing a photo of the tent and sleeping bag in an effort to identify the man, as these were only a few of the identifiable items found at the scene.”

The man’s death, which is considered not suspicious, is also being investigated by the BC Coroners Service, police added in the release.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity is asked to call Saanich Police at 250-475-4321, and anonymous tipsters can reach out to Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-888-222-8477.


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