08/26/2015 05:44 EDT | Updated 08/25/2016 05:59 EDT

Missing Teen Delores Brown's Body Identified, Foul Play Suspected


A body discovered by kayakers in the water near British Columbia's Gulf Islands has been identified as missing teenager Delores Brown.

Brown was a resident of Penelakut Island, situated east of Vancouver Island's Ladysmith B.C. 

Her body was recovered from the water off another small island — Norway Island — on August 19.

The B.C. Coroner's Service confirmed its identity Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Police say foul play is suspected and said the same in a statement the day her body was first discovered floating in the water.

"Brown has never gone missing before; which raised the concern of family, friends and police," said Cpl Darren Lagan in a statement released Aug 19 when Brown's body was first found.

"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."

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Brown was last seen on July 27. Family and friends notified police two days later. Her phone, iPod and wallet were found in her bedroom making her disappearance seem like more than that of a runaway.

The cause of her death has not yet been determined.

Police are asking anyone with information on Brown's disappearance or death to contact the Ladysmith RCMP at 250-245-2215 or Crime stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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