Hiker discovers remains of 41-year-old man, missing since May, on Vancouver Island

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      After several months and extensive searches, the remains of a 41-year-old man who went missing on the east coast of Vancouver Island in May has been found.

      North Cowichan–Duncan RCMP announced on October 24 that they located the human remains of Benjamin John Kilmer, who was reported missing on May 16.

      His remains were found on October 17 in a remote area, located outside the original search area, by a hiker.

      Foul play has been ruled out. The B.C. Coroners Service has taken over the case. Kilmer's family is requesting privacy at this time, and no further details are being released by the RCMP or the B.C. Coroners Service.

      The van of Kilmer, who was an electrician and father, had been found abandoned on Cowichan Lake Road west of Duncan on May 16. After searches conducted in the area for him, police efforts were suspended on May 21 although family and friends continued on.

      His disappearance coincided with the separate disappearance of two men on the west coast of Vancouver Island on the same day.

      On May 28, Ucluelet RCMP announced that they were searching for 37-year-old Daniel Archbald and 43-year-old Ryan Daley who had docked a sailboat at Ucluelet but had not been seen since May 16.  

      On June 18, the Vancouver Island Major Crime Unit announced that the remains of two individuals were located near Ucluelet. On June 29, RCMP confirmed the remains were of Archbald and Daley.

      The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency was reported to have confirmed it was assisting in the RCMP investigation into their deaths.

      Although search efforts for all three men were being coordinated, no connection between the two cases was established or stated.

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