British Columbia

Body found in Vancouver Island lake identified as missing man Joshua Bennett

Police say the body was discovered in Glen Lake by a member of the public.

31-year-old had been missing from the Langford area since March 9

Joshua Bennett had been missing since March 9, 2019. (West Shore RCMP)

West Shore RCMP in Langford, B.C., have identified a body pulled from Glen Lake on Sunday as Joshua Bennett. Bennett, 31, had been missing from the Langford area since March 9.

Police say the body was discovered in the water by a member of the public.

Const. Nancy Saggar with West Shore RCMP said there were no signs of foul play, but the case is still under investigation.

The B.C. Coroners Service is working to determine the cause of death.

Pain ... and relief

For Bennett's family, who mounted an exhausting search for Josh, his recovery brings pain as well as closure.

"Right now, we're happy to, you know, have Josh," said his uncle, Clayton Leachman. "But, we're sad."

Leachman says Josh lived his life completely and lived it his own way.

"His buddies will tell you, [Josh] was always a good time," said Leachman, his voice wavering.

As part of the search, Josh's family placed posters around the city and shared his story vocally on social media.

"We did a really good search and I thank the community. Langford has been amazing," he added. 

Now that Josh has been found, Leachman asks that if the community sees the poster around town, please remove it, to spare his family from having to see it anymore.

With files from Chek News