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Missing senior found dead in East Sooke

Searchers gathered in East Sooke to look for
Searchers gathered in East Sooke to look for'Tad' Woods on April 4.
— image credit: Sharron Ho

The search for a missing 76-year-old East Sooke man has ended, after his body was found on the shore of Anderson cove on April 4.

A passer by discovered the body of Thomas Woods along the shoreline around 11 a.m.

“The BC Coroner Service and Sooke RCMP remain on the scene where Mr. Woods’ body was located this morning,” according to an RCMP press release.

The BC Coroner Service and Sooke RCMP are currently investigating the death. Foul play is not suspected.

On the same morning prior to the discovery, around 50 search and rescuers were mobilized to scour areas around the Galloping Goose Trail -- searching through properties backed along the trail and other interest areas, according to Kathryn Farr, with the Juan De Fuca Search and Rescue.

“It’s important that we, being the RCMP and Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue are doing the best we can on this area,” she said.

The final rescue effort was one of many, after Woods was reported missing on March 30.

Woods was last heard of at 8:30 a.m. on March 30, and it was believed he was making plans to head into Colwood and Langford to run errands and visit his daughter.

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services was also onsite at the search and rescue command centre on Gillipse Road, to provide food and services for the search and rescue team.

 

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