Missing Sooke man found dead

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Michael Gregory Widner, a Sooke man who has been missing since Wednesday, has been found dead, his brother confirmed


“They’re waiting for an autopsy, that’s all I know,” said Shawn Widner, who lives in Calgary. “He’s a wonderful father, and a great brother and I’m devastated.”


Sooke RCMP confirmed a body was found by a hiker yesterday near Port Renfew but would not confirm if it was Widner’s remains. The identity of the body has not yet been established, said Sooke RCMP detachment commander Sgt. Jeff McArthur.


The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit and B.C. Coroners Service is investigating but police have not yet said if they’re treating the death as a homicide.


“An autopsy is scheduled for later this week, after which further information will be released,” McArthur said.


Police said on the weekend that Widner’s 2003 black Volkswagen Golf was found abandoned at Poirier Lake in Otter Point.


Widner, who lives on Tugwell Road, was reported missing on Thursday. He was last seen Wednesday in Sooke.


Widner was married to Sabrina, who is an artist, and they had two young children.


A memorial page has been created on Facebook and friends have posted messages of condolences to his family.


Sooke RCMP ask anyone with information to call them at 250-642-5241 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


 


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