Victoria Police have confirmed the body found Feb. 27 in the Gorge Waterway is Duncan Pucker, a Victoria-area man missing since early this month. (Photo courtesy VicPD)

Body found in Gorge Waterway identified as missing man

Victoria Police have confirmed the deceased as Duncan Pucker

The body found floating in the Gorge Waterway on Tuesday afternoon has been identified as Duncan Pucker.

Victoria Police made the announcement this afternoon, saying their thoughts go out to Duncan’s family.

Pucker’s body was found around 2 p.m. by a group of paddlers, according to VicPD. Officers arrived at the Fairway Gorge Paddling Club, near the Selkirk area of Victoria off Gorge Road and wrapped the body in a green tarp and the investigation progressed

READ MORE: Body pulled from Gorge waterway in Victoria

Pucker was last seen in Victoria on Feb. 4, 2018 and reported as missing to Saanich Police two days later.

Authorities had previously searched the waterway and surrounding areas for the 26-year-old man with help from the Saanich Police Dive Unit, Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, Canadian Coast Guard Operations and the crew of the Coast Guard ship CCGS Bartlett, Victoria Fire Department and Metchosin Ground Search and Rescue.

READ MORE: Police, searchers continue to look for missing Victoria man

“Duncan was a much loved and happy young man. He will be missed greatly. We are grateful for the efforts of the Victoria Police and all others who participated in the search for Duncan,” read a statement shared by Duncan’s family, who are asking for privacy at this time.

The BC Coroners Service will continue to investigate the cause of his death as foul play is not suspected.



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Members of the Victoria Police Department were on scene at the Gorge Waterway Feb. 27 after a body was found in the water. (Ragnar Haagen/Black Press Media)

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