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Search and rescue helps in search for Kelowna man's remains in Kamloops park

Crews continue the search for 42-year-old Joseph Driscoll's remains in Kamloops.
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Kamloops RCMP enlisted the help of local search and rescue volunteers this weekend as the search continued for a Kelowna man's remains.

Bones found in Peterson Creek Park in Kamloops earlier this month have been identified as Joe Driscoll's remains. The last time he was seen alive was on surveillance footage at a Valleyview motel, Nov. 12, just after midnight.

Police said bones were found at the park, Jan. 19, and it was confirmed, Jan. 27, they were Driscoll's partial remains.

"Subsequent searches have revealed more evidence to support the bones are those of Mr. Driscoll," Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Crystal Evelyn said in an emailed statement, Jan. 30.

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Cpl. Evelyn said in the email that further details won't be released "unless doing so would help further the investigation." She noted there's no criminality suspected in his disappearance.

Police have conducted searches in the area with forensic teams and a cadaver dog.

Driscoll, who was from Kelowna, was reported missing in November 2022. He was last seen in the Valleyview area but search efforts at the time failed to turn up any sign of the missing man.

Volunteers from both Kamloops and Nicola Valley search and rescue teams searched the Kamloops park Saturday, Jan. 28, according to Jeremy Markel with Kamloops Search and Rescue. He said RCMP requested their help, adding the snow in the park made search efforts difficult.

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The B.C. Coroners Service continues to investigate the circumstances of the 42-year-old's death.

His family previously told he was in town to watch a Tragically Hip tribute band.

“He has had issues with substance abuse in the past and as a people person the isolation caused by the pandemic restrictions were really hard on him,” his sister Emma Driscoll told at the time. “I think the last two years he has fought harder than he has before. It is possible he could have relapsed but he has never disappeared before. I honestly don’t know anymore.”

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