(Ryan Daley and Dan Archibald/Ucluelet RCMP)

The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) is officially treating the deaths of Ryan Daley and Daniel Archibald as homicides, and not random incidents. This is based on results of an autopsy conducted earlier this week.

Their remains were identified by family and friends on Thursday, June 28th. The bodies were found near Ucluelet earlier in June by a woman who was walking her dog.

“Identifying Mr. Daley and Mr. Archibald is a significant step in this investigation,” says Inspector Dave Hall, Officer in Charge of VIIMCU.

“We can now focus our attention on answering the who, what, when, where and why, in an effort to determine who is responsible for their deaths.”

Investigators also stated that although another Vancouver Island man – 41-year-old Ben Kilmer – was reported missing on the same day, there is currently no evidence to suggest that the two cases are linked.

Archibald, a 37-year-old father of two, and Daley, 43, were on a sailboat that docked in Ucluelet on May 13th, following an eight-week sailing trip from Panama.

They were last seen alive on security camera footage leaving the Ucluelet dock on foot at around 1:34 p.m. on May 16th, and had been missing until their remains were found in early June.

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