Missing UBC professor on Salt Spring Island found dead, RCMP say – fr

Missing UBC professor on Salt Spring Island found dead, RCMP say – fr

VANCOUVER – A UBC professor missing after shopping earlier this week has been found dead.

“The body of a Salt Spring Island woman who has been missing since May 12 was found on May 15,” a statement from the BC RCMP Corporal read. Chris Manseau, released shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday.

“Although a final decision has not yet been made, the RCMP does not believe that criminality was involved in the sudden death of the woman,” he continues.

Loved by her many students, friends and family, Sinikka Elliott was an avid hiker and RCMP said Friday her car was found on the side of a road near a popular hiking area.

“The BC Coroners Service is also investigating how, where, when and by what means she died,” the RCMP statement read.

More than 100 people helped find Elliott, according to the RCMP.

Search and rescue teams from Vancouver and Vancouver Island assisted in the search, and members of the public were urged to let trained crews carry out the search. In a tweet, Comox Valley Search and Rescue described the efforts as “intensive wilderness search.”

Elliott, a mother of two and an associate professor at the University of British Columbia, has studied families and inequalities in particular. In a fall 2020 tweet, she shared a link to her new research on food insecurity in the United States, saying she was “glad this article came out.”

Elliott and her husband have a home on Salt Spring Island and her vehicle was found at Juniper Place Road around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. She had been last seen earlier in the day when she left the house to shop.

Kerry Greer, a friend and colleague of Elliott, spoke to CTV News Vancouver before Elliott’s body was found and described her as a loving person and a strong hiker.

“Sinikka is one of the most reliable and sympathetic people I know, and she’s not someone who would recklessly go on a long hike and tell someone where she was going,” said Rig.

“It is very unusual and very disturbing,” she added.


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