Year in Review: Murder of Delores Brown shocked community

No arrests have been made but police are still working on the case.

Perhaps the biggest police story of 2015 was the disappearance and later recovery of murdered Penelakut Island teen Delores Brown.

The 19-year-old was reported missing on July 29. Brown was last seen on Penelakut Island two days before and had been leaving the Island to go to visit her grandmother, who lives in Chemainus. Her family was immediately worried when she never arrived at her destination.

“Her uncharacteristic disappearance and details of the investigation have led investigators to believe the disappearance of Delores Brown is as a result of foul play,” Island District RCMP spokesman Cpl. Darren Lagan said.

Her family’s worst fears were realized when a group of kayakers found Brown’s remains in the waters off Norway Island on Aug. 19.

No arrests have been made but police are still working on the case.