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Person found dead at Kamloops pulp mill was missing wildfire evacuee

Kamloops RCMP have confirmed the identity of the body that was found in a settling pond at Domtar pulp mill on March 7.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said the body has been identified as David Michael Jeff, 67, who was among the residents that were evacuated from Williams Lake in July 2017 during the B.C. wildfires.

Jeff's body was found by Domtar employees on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 7. An autopsy was completed on Monday, March 12.

Jeff had been reported missing on July 31, 2017, resulting in an extensive investigation, which included search efforts by Kamloops RCMP, family and friends.

“At this time the investigative and forensic findings indicate that his death is non-suspicious in nature,” Shelkie said in a media release. “The Kamloops RCMP continue to assist the Coroners Office with their investigation into Mr. Jeff’s death.”

Shelkie said RCMP are seeking public assistance in determining a timeline of Jeff’s activities prior to his death and how he came to be in the area where his body was found.

“To this end, Kamloops RCMP are asking anyone who spent time with David Jeff last summer to contact them,” Shelkie said. “Specifically, if you know where he spent time during the day or where he was sleeping at night, the police would like to talk to you.”

Anyone with information on Jeff’s activities is asked to contact the RCMP at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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