Ryan Daley and Dan Archbald were last seen leaving Ucluelet’s inner boat basin on foot on May 16. (Photo - RCMP)

UPDATED: Remains of two people found on Vancouver Island

Officials have not said whether or not the remains belong to two missing men, last seen in Ucluelet in mid-May

The RCMP and B.C. Coroners Service continue to investigate the remains of two bodies found near Ucluelet late last week.

A news released posted by the RCMP on Monday states the remains were found by a woman walking her dog near Ucluelet.

Sgt. Janelle Shoihet of the BC RCMP told the Westerly News on Tuesday that police are not releasing the specific location or the date that the remains were found and an investigation is ongoing.

“At this point, it’s too early to make any determination with respect to whether or not it’s suspicious or whether or not there’s any foul play. The investigation right now is ongoing. Hopefully, we will be able to determine that eventually but, at this point, it’s really too preliminary to say,” Shoihet said

Andy Watson of the B.C. Coroner’s Service said the investigation into the identities of the deceased, as well as the cause of death, was ongoing on Tuesday.

“We are working closely with the RCMP,” Watson said. “Our role in this will obviously be to determine: identity of the remains, when, where, how and by what means the decedents came to die.”

The discovery of the remains comes while police are also investigating the disappearance of Dan Archbald and Ryan Daley, who were last seen leaving a Ucluelet dock on-foot on May 16.

“At this time, it is too early to determine whether the remains are of missing men Ryan Daley and Daniel Archbald and police continue to investigate their disappearance,” the release states. “We are working with the families of the missing men and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.”

A Facebook page titled ‘Find Ryan and Dan’ was launched on May 27 along with a GoFundMe page set up to help raise money for search efforts for Daley and Archbald.

The Facebook page has been taken down and the GoFundMe Page, which raised $18,780 in 22 days, is no longer accepting donations.

Police believe the two men arrived in Ucluelet on May 13 after a roughly eight-week sailing trip from Panama.

READ MORE: Search continues for two missing men

READ MORE: Missing men were on dream voyage from Panama

Security footage showed them both leaving the dock at Ucluelet’s inner boat basin on-foot on May 16 and friends and family members say they have not seen or heard from either man since.

Earlier this month the Island’s Major Crime Unit took over the investigation and labeled the disappearance as suspicious.

READ MORE: Missing B.C. men last seen in Ucluelet

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Greyhound’s departure opens door for BC Bus

After years of service cuts and declining service quality, Greyhound’s corporate owners… Continue reading

Update: Park pipeline protesters say arrest is a ‘declaration of war’

Led by Kanahus Manuel, the Tiny House Warriors moved into park in Clearwater last week

Police investigating more racist slogans on First Nations signs

Police are investigating racist graffiti being posted on First Nations signs in the Kamloops area

Update: Kamloops wildfire now mapped at 500 hectares

Firefighters worked overnight on what was a fast-growing wildfire east of Kamloops.

France doubles up Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

Played in Moscow Russia, latest Fifa World Cup marks the highest scoring final since 1966

Update: Police probe Toronto shooting that killed 2, injured 12; suspected gunman dead

Paramedics said many of the victims in Danforth, including a child, were rushed to trauma centres

Deadly L.A. market shooting started with domestic feud

A domestic incident ended after a car crashed into a pole outside Trader Joe’s market

Sunken duck boat to be raised after deadly Missouri accident

17 people died over the weekend in a deadly boat incident

Man extradited to Canada in B.C. killing, following arrest in South Korea

28-year-old Jui-Kai Weng was charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder

Canada beats Triple Crown for Canada Cup softball title

National team’s championship is first at B.C. tournament since 1996

Record high in Japan as heat wave grips the region

The temperature in a city north of Tokyo reached 41.1 degrees Celsius (106 degrees Fahrenheit) on Monday, the highest ever recorded in Japan.

Feds looking at ways to tackle wave of gun violence in Toronto: Minister

Toronto mayor John Tory spoke to the press following a mass casualty event in Toronto.

Inquest set in death of RCMP’s spokesperson for Robert Dziekanski case

Former Mountie Pierre Lemaitre died of self-inflicted injuries in Abbotsford in 2013

Soaring temperatures, high winds could worsen fires in B.C.’s southern Interior

Environment Canada’s forecast for the next week in the southern Interior does not inspire confidence, with temperatures in the 30s and winds gusting over 40 kilometres per hour.

Most Read