08/08/2015 06:47 EDT | Updated 08/08/2016 05:59 EDT

Delores Brown Missing: Major Crime Unit Joins Police Search


UPDATE - Aug. 25, 2015: The BC Coroners Service has identified human remains discovered near Norway Island on Aug. 19 as those of Delores Brown from Penelakut Island. Officials are still determining how she died, but a criminal investigation continues as police suspect foul play.

The BC Coroners Service is continuing their work to determine a cause of death. Pending the results of this key finding, investigators continue to pursue a criminal investigation into Delores’ death, as foul play is suspected.

PENELAKUT ISLAND, B.C. — A search for a missing 18-year-old woman is ramping up on a small island just east of Ladysmith, B.C.

Island District RCMP Cpl. Darren Lagan says additional resources from Vancouver Island's integrated major crime unit are being sent to Penelakut Island, south of Thetis Island, in the Gulf Island chain.

Delores Brown was last seen on the island, formerly known as Kuper Island, on July 27 and was reported missing two days later.

Brown, who also goes by Deedee, was seen leaving for her grandmother's house in Chemainus.

Since then, police, community members and search and rescue teams have scoured the area, a First Nations reserve and home to several hundred members of the Penelakut Band.

Lagan says Brown's family is very concerned because she has never gone missing before.

She is described as five feet six inches tall, about 120 pounds and was wearing blue jeans, a hoodie, and carrying a backpack when she went missing.   

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