UPDATE: Chief Petty Officer Second Class Gilles Duquette, 54, was found by military police on the base after he failed to report to duty, reported the Victoria News. He was a 29-year veteran of the Canadian Forces.
Capt. Jenn Jackson, speaking for CFB Esquimalt, said the death was discovered Tuesday morning, but few details are being released.
"But what I can tell you is it's always devastating when we lose a service member," she said. "And our condolences definitely go out to the family and friends of the member."
The military's National Investigation Service is working on the case instead of the Victoria Police Department, because the death occurred on National Defence property.
Jackson said the name of the deceased will be released once relatives are notified.
The B.C. Coroners Service is also looking into the death.