RCMP seeking leads in murder of Penelakut’s Delores Brown

One year after Delores (Deedee) Brown was reported missing, police are making another plea for information about her murder.

One year after Delores (Dee dee) Brown was reported missing, police are making another plea for information about her murder.

The 19-year-old Penelakut Island woman was last seen alive on July 27, 2015, and reported missing two days later. An exhaustive campaign by ground and marine search and rescue teams, RCMP, helicopters boats and community volunteers was conducted, to no avail.

On Aug. 19, Brown’s body was discovered near Norway Island, just east of Penelakut Island, by a group of kayakers.

A homicide investigation was started immediately, and investigators from the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit have spent the last year following up on leads, analyzing evidence, and working with partners, including the BC Coroners Service.

“As the anniversary of Delores’s disappearance approaches, we would like to take the opportunity to ask the public once again, if you have any information about Delores’ death or disappearance, please contact VIIMCU investigators or if you wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers,” said Cpl. Janelle Shoihet of the Vancouver Island District RCMP. “What may seem inconsequential to you, may be the missing link in this investigative puzzle. Everything is important.”

Anyone with information about the disappearance and murder of Delores Brown should contact the Ladysmith RCMP at 250-245-2215 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), solvecrime.ca, or by text message at CRIMES (274637) including “BCTIP” in the message.