Crews working at the scene on Sooke River Road after the recovery of two bodies believed to be two of three missing men on Feb. 2, 2020. (Susan Keith/Submitted) This is the scene on Sooke River Road Sunday evening. Crews earlier recovered two bodies. (Susan Keith/Submitted)

Two young men found dead, third still missing in Sooke

The three men were last seen at a home in Sooke on Friday night around 11 p.m

The community of Sooke on southern Vancouver Island is grieving after the discovery of two bodies believed to be two of three men missing since Friday night.

The families of Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen, all 20 years old, gathered at the RCMP station on Sunday afternoon following the discovery of the bodies, whose identities are unclear.

“Way too young, absolutely heartbreaking,” said resident Cory Payne.

The three men were last seen at a home in Sooke on Friday night around 11 p.m. They were travelling in a 2004 blue Dodge Dakota, but it was unclear where they were going.

Their disappearance triggered a community-wide search, with dozens, if not hundreds, of residents joining police officers to scour neighbourhoods, popular hiking spots, and back roads. Some volunteers drove as far as Port Renfrew and Cowichan Lake.

On Sunday afternoon, a team in a helicopter spotted the trio’s blue truck near Sooke River Road.

The bodies of two of the men were recovered, said RCMP, while the search for the third continues with the help of Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue.

The B.C. coroner’s service is also investigating to determine how, when and by what means the men came to their deaths, police said.

“How sad it is for those families tonight,” said Susan Keith, who lives in the area. “How I wish it could have been a better outcome. I can see the river through the trees and it’s so high.”

RELATED: Heavy rain leads to wastewater overflows, contamination of Greater Victoria beaches

– with files from The Canadian Press


Like us on Facebook and follow @wolfgang_depner

wolfgang.depner@peninsulanewsreview.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Four exhibits on display at Penticton Art Gallery

Indigenous art and art inspired by the pandemic are on display until Nov. 7

Penticton piano silenced by vandals

The piano has been thrown away but the bench salvaged and at Long Gallery

Two new COVID-19 cases announced in Interior Health region

The total number of cases in the region is at 533

6 puppies rescued in mass seizure on Princeton farm have died of illness: BC SPCA

Of the 97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized, most of the puppies suffered from parvo

B.C. counts 125 new COVID-19 cases, up to 1,284 active

No new deaths or health care facility outbreaks

Winter tires, chains now mandatory along most B.C. highways

Drivers without the proper winter tires – which must also be in good condition – can be fined $109

Documentary to celebrate the Shuswap’s music scene

Local initiative to feature several of the region’s artists

Guns seized in relation to southeast Kelowna murder investigation

RCMP seized several firearms from a West Kelowna home on Tuesday

Health Canada green-lights rapid COVID-19 test

Health Canada approved the BCube test from Hyris Ltd. in the United Kingdom Sept. 23

First Nations Health Authority chief medical officer concerned with rising COVID-19 cases

“There’s still so much we don’t know and we’re learning everyday about this particular virus.”

FINLAYSON: COVID-related job losses concentrated in urban areas… especially Metro Vancouver

The biggest job losses, in absolute terms, have been in Metro Vancouver

Action demanded over death of First Nations youth in Abbotsford group home

Family and Indigenous organizations push for thorough investigation

U.S. boater fined $1,000 for violation of Quarantine Act

49-year-old man entered Canada to visit girlfriend in Surrey

Most Read