The BC Coroners Service has now identified the human remains discovered near Norway Island on August 19, 2015, as those of 19 year old Delores Brown from Penelakut Island. The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) notified the Brown family earlier today.

Delores Brown was last seen on July 27th, 2015 and was first reported missing to police on July 29th, 2015 by concerned family and friends.

An exhaustive search which included Ground Search and Rescue, Marine Search and Rescue, RCMP Tactical Troop, helicopters, boats, and community searchers, was conducted in the days following her disappearance.

The BC Coroners Service is continuing their work to determine a cause of death. Pending the results of this key finding, investigators continue to pursue a criminal investigation into Delores’ death, as foul play is suspected.

Police ask anyone who may have information on Delores Brown’s disappearance or death to contact the Ladysmith RCMP at 250-245-2215 or Crime stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Delores’ family has asked that the media respect their privacy at this difficult time.