Body found is miss­ing Oak Bay se­nior

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The B.C. Coroners Ser­vice has iden­ti­fied Gla­dys Bar­man as the de­ceased per­son found last month by the Cowichan searc­hand-res­cue team.

The 82-year-old Oak Bay woman was an ac­tive com­mu­nity mem­ber and vol­un­teer who had been de­liv­er­ing the Times Colonist for 23 years.

Bar­man was last seen on July 5 at the Petro-Canada gas sta­tion on West Saanich Road. Her dis­ap­pear­ance set off an ex­ten­sive search in the re­gion.

When there was a re­port that she was spot­ted in Mill Bay, the search moved into that area.

Her fam­ily said Bar­man had oc­ca­sion­ally seemed con­fused just be­fore she went miss­ing.

Bar­man’s dark green 2002 Honda Ac­cord was found July 21 by an off-road mo­tor­cy­clist on a re­mote log­ging road south­west of Lake Cowichan.

Search ef­forts in­volved search-and-res­cue crews, vol­un­teers, po­lice dogs, an RCMP he­li­copter, drones, Oak Bay po­lice and Lake Cowichan RCMP.

How­ever, the weather was hot, the search area was vast and re­mote, and the moun­tain­ous ter­rain was steep and dif­fi­cult to nav­i­gate, re­quir­ing search-and-res­cue rope teams.

The search was called off, re­sum­ing once tem­per­a­tures cooled.

On July 31, a body was found about 11 kilo­me­tres from Bar­man’s ve­hi­cle.

“To­day, the coro­ner’s of­fice has con­firmed that the de­ceased in­di­vid­ual is, in fact, Ms. Gla­dys Bar­man,” said Oak Bay Deputy Po­lice Chief Ray Ber­noties.

“We’d like to ex­press our sin­cere con­do­lences to the loved ones of Ms. Bar­man.”

Gla­dys Bar­man

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