Search for missing Saanich Peninsula pair ends in tragedy

Vehicle found with two deceased occupants inside

Police provided a devastating update in the case of two missing Saanich Peninsula residents Saturday night.

Sidney North Saanich RCMP said a vehicle was found Saturday with two deceased occupants inside, killed from an apparent crash.

Earlier this month, RCMP sought the public’s help for information on Easha Rayel, 36, and James Evans, 23, as well as any sightings of the vehicle they were travelling in – a dark blue 2002 BMW 325Ci.

READ ALSO: RCMP searching for missing Greater Victoria residents

The two were last seen on the Saanich Peninsula Aug. 9 and were reported missing to RCMP shortly after. Their vehicle was spotted in Vernon on Aug. 12. At the time, police said it was concerning character for them to be out of touch for so long.

While police said Saturday that positive identification of the deceased pair hadn’t been completed, they were no longer seeking information in regards to Rayel and Evans, and family of the crash victims had been updated.

READ ALSO: Missing Victoria pair’s BMW spotted in Vernon

“There is no evidence of criminal behavior in this incident and we will not be making further comment on the matter as we continue to support the BC Coroner’s Service,” said Const. Meighan de Pass, media relations officer for the Sidney North Saanich RCMP. “We wish to thank the public for all the information provided in this investigation and our thoughts are with the families.”

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Attendance matters for Saanich Peninsula students

Achievement depends on attendance, hundreds of students heard

VicPD investigates three suspicious dumpster fires in half-hour period

Fires discovered around 3:15 a.m. in the Harris Green neighbourhood

Large willow tree comes down in Beacon Hill Park

The tree has been in place for decades at Goodacre Lake

Recent polls show the Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke riding a ‘toss-up’

Recent polls show the Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke riding a ‘toss-up’ If any proof were… Continue reading

Traffic slowed after reports of a pedestrian struck in Colwood

Incident occurred on Metchosin Road near Sooke Road intersection

WATCH: United Way #Drive4Five event launches campaign to raise $5 million

More than 80,000 lives changed last year by the United Way

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of September 17

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Boy overdosed on illicit anti-anxiety drug found on Kelowna classroom floor, RCMP say

Noah Mills, 8, ingested a pink powdery substance off his Kelowna classroom floor

BC SPCA investigating after three dogs found shot dead in Prince George ditch

The three adult dogs appeared to be well cared for before being found with gunshot wounds, BC SPCA says

Psychiatric assessment ordered for man accused in Salmon Arm church shooting

Lawyer tells court accused was diagnosed with psychosis hours after his arrest

Surrey mom allegedly paid $400,000 for son in U.S. college bribery scam

Xiaoning Sui, 48, was arrested in Spain on Monday night

B.C. offers early retirement, training fund for forest workers

Communities eligible for $100,000 for permanent closures

B.C. land needed for Trans Mountain pipeline owned by man who died in 1922

Trans Mountain is looking for heirs so it can gain access to 500 square feet of land

PHOTO: Nanaimo RCMP officer ‘walks on water’ to rescue lost camper

66-year-old assisted earlier this month by Mounties who can seemingly work miracles

Most Read