Updated: human remains confirmed as missing 86-year-old Chilliwack woman

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      Update (August 23): Upper Fraser Valley Regional District (UFVRD) RCMP announced at 2:30 p.m. today that, with the help of the B.C. Coroners Service, human remains found on August 21 have been identified as Ethel “Grace” Baranyk of Chilliwack, who had been reported missing on July 13.

      UFVRD RCMP spokeperson Cpl. Mike Rail stated in a news release that police do not believe that criminality was involved in Baranyk's death.

      RCMP and the B.C. Coroners Service do not have any further information available at this time.

      Original article (August 15):

      RCMP and Chilliwack Search and Rescue searching for an 86-year-old woman from Chilliwack who has gone missing. Police and caregivers are concerned about her well-being as she may be in need of medical attention.

      Ethel “Grace” Baranyk, 86, was last seen around 10:30 a.m. on July 13 by a caregiver in the 45000 block of Lenora Crescent in Chilliwack.

      She is described as a white female who is 163 centimetres (five-feet, four-inches) tall and weighs 54 kilograms (120 pounds).

      She has short grey and white hair, and may be in rollers.

      She was last seen wearing a grey sweater, a grey vest, and navy blue pants.

      Upper Fraser Valley RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mike Rail stated in a news release that she responds to the name Grace and she may appear disoriented or confused.

      Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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