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Body of missing Kamloops man found

Richard Jules went missing in November 2019.
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February 05, 2020 - 11:44 AM

A body discovered on Kamloops First Nations land has been identified as Richard Jules, who went missing in November 2019.

According to a Kamloops RCMP media release, the remains of a body found on Salish Road, Kamloops First Nations land, Feb. 1, has been positively identified as Richard Jules.

Jules was last seen at his residence Nov. 23, 2019, on Tk'emlúps te Secwepemc land.

Tk'emlúps te Secwepemc Chief Rosanne Casimir said in a statement that Jules, also known as Lil Rick, is remembered as funny and kind, a valuable member of the band's work teams and the community.

“On behalf of the entire community of Tk'emlúps te Secwepemc we are very saddened that the remains found were confirmed to be our Band member, Richard Jules Jr.,” Casimir said in the release. "Jules worked at the TteS since 1996 as a member of seasonal landscaping crew, and in security and general building maintenance."

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his immediate family at this difficult time," Casimir said.

The RCMP along with Kamloops Search and Rescue launched a large scale search on Nov. 28, 2019 after Jules was reported missing the day before. The extensive searches that took place were unsuccessful.

RCMP said there is no evidence of criminality being involved in Jules' death. The BC Coroners is investigating to determine the circumstances that led to his death.

Jules family has been notified and the band is requesting their privacy be respected at this time.

— This story was updated at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, to include a statement from Tk'emlúps te Secwepemc Chief Rosanne Casimir.

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