Elderly man’s body recovered from Gorge Waterway

Man suffered from dementia, had gone missing from nearby home

The body of a 75-year-old Esquimalt man suffering from dementia was recovered from the Gorge on Saturday.

Victoria police responded to a call of a body floating in the Gorge near the Tillicum Narrows, under the Tillicum Road bridge, around 2:30 p.m.

The B.C. Coroners Service has identified the man as James Hay.

“We still need to determine whether the individual may have fallen and drowned, or whether he suffered from something such as a cardiac event beforehand,” said Matt Brown, Island region coroner. “The challenge is there were no witnesses.”

Brown confirmed Hay suffered from dementia, and VicPD spokesman Mike Tucker said it was reported to be Alzheimer’s disease.

The VicPD marine response unit was used to recover the body and police found nothing immediately suspicious about the man’s death.

“He had gone missing hours earlier from his residence nearby,” Tucker said. “Our speculation is that he had fallen into the Gorge.”

The Coroners Service will conduct a full investigation to determine the cause of death.

dpalmer@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Unsealed record suggests U.S. man convicted in murder of Saanich couple left DNA on zip tie in 1987

William Talbott is set to be sentenced Wednesday in the murders of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg

Victoria’s Royal Jubilee Hospital home to new cancer diagnostic suite

The Gordon Heys Family PET/CT Suite was unveiled at the BC Cancer Centre-Victoria

Hatley Gardens at Royal Roads, now free to public

1,500 plants recorded in garden, including 1,000-year-old Douglas Fir

Studies for E&N corridor still on track after BC Transit investments

Recent investment in bus fleet expansion doesn’t slow studies into alternative transportation routes

Two brands of ice cream sandwiches recalled due to presence of metal

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a recall on Iceberg and Originale Augustin brands

Surrey court clerk files human rights complaint related to concussion

Deborah A. Ryane claims her employer discriminated against her on basis of mental disability

Food fight: Liberals, Tories trade shots as pre-campaign battles intensify

Health Canada released an overhauled document that did away with traditional food groups and portion sizes

Okanagan Air Cadet challenges gender-exclusive haircut policy

Haircut regulation inspires challenge around gender identity

VIDEO: Bystander training gains traction as tool to prevent sexual harassment, violence

Julia Gartley was sexually assaulted after an event, and no one stepped in to help

Sexual assaults, extortion on the rise even as crime rates stay low: Stats Canada

Rates of police-reported sexual assault rose for the fourth year in a row

Vancouver Island teens missing after vehicle found ablaze near Dease Lake, BC

RCMP say a body discovered nearby not one of the missing teens

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

It’s the one-year anniversary of when a man opened fire along the bustling street before shooting and killing himself

Most Read