Police confirm a body was found in the Turkey Head parking lot in Oak Bay early Wednesday afternoon.
“At this time we have no reason to suspect foul play,” said Oak Bay Police Deputy Chief Ray Bernoties. “However, until we rule it out we have cordoned off the area. We have detectives at scene, we have forensic identification at scene, and we’re going to investigate this and take it very seriously.”
If the death of the man in his mid-40s is found to not be suspicious, Bernoties said police will pass the file on to the coroner.
Bernoties confirmed that a call of a man in distress came in at 12:30 p.m. Officers attempted initial live-saving measures and were then replaced by ambulance and fire services upon their arrival. He said emergency services attempted life-saving measures for some time before ruling the man deceased.
“It’s too early to speculate on cause of death or anything like that, so our primary function right now is to try and determine whether there was any foul play or not,” Bernoties said. “We would really appreciate if anyone on the marina parking lot area saw anything suspicious around lunchtime, if they could get in touch with us, that would be very much appreciated.”
The Oak Bay police non-emergency line is 250-592-2424.