British Columbia

RCMP believe bodies found inside crashed car to be those of missing Sidney, B.C., couple

RCMP in north Saanich, B.C., are no longer seeking information on the search for a missing Sidney couple, following the discovery of a crashed vehicle off the highway to the Swartz Bay ferry terminal. 

Easha Rayel, 36, and James Evans, 23, were reported missing more than 2 weeks ago

Sidney/North Saanich RCMP believe two bodies discovered inside a crashed car on Highway 17 to be those of missing Sidney residents Easha Rayel, 36, and James Evans, 23. (Chek News)

RCMP in north Saanich, B.C., are no longer seeking information in the search for a missing Sidney couple, following the discovery of a crashed vehicle off the highway to the Swartz Bay Terminal.

Const. Meighan de Pass said Monday, police believe the bodies to be those of the missing Sidney, B.C., couple Easha Rayel and James Evans.

Rayel, 36, and Evans, 23, were last seen Friday Aug. 9, and were believed to be traveling together in a dark blue 2002 BMW 325Ci, heading to the Vancouver area.

In a written statement issued Saturday, RCMP said "on Aug. 24, 2019, the vehicle and two occupants were located, with the occupants being deceased from an apparent motor vehicle incident." 

The vehicle was found in a steep ditch off the Patricia Bay Highway in North Saanich, just north of McDonald Park Road. 

On Monday, de Pass said evidence found at the scene leads them to believe the bodies are the missing couple, but investigators are waiting for confirmation from post-mortem testing and are working with the BC Coroners Service. 

According to Chek News, Alastair Evans, James Evans's father, said his son and Reyal worked together at the Victoria Airport. (Chek News)

At the scene Sunday afternoon, Chek News spoke to Alistair Evans, James Evans's father.

"Anybody knows him knows who he is [...] He was no star of the football team, but he's a good guy. They're good friends and you know that's it. It's just sad that it happened."

RCMP are still investigating the cause of the crash, but de Pass said the stretch of highway where the crash occurred is straight, and there are no marks on the road to indicate there was a crash before the vehicle went off the road.

"Hopefully, we will find an answer with the investigation, but sometimes we don't get an answer when it's a fatal."

The BC Coroners Service said it expects there will be an update Tuesday.

 

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