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LOCATED DECEASED – Missing Pair in Vancouver, BC Area – Easha Rayel, 36 and James Evans, 23

Aug 12, 2019
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Days after they asked for the public’s help in locating missing Vancouver Island pair Easha Rayel and James Evans, Sidney/North Saanich RCMP announced a possible breakthrough on Aug. 16.

There had been a “confirmed” sighting, police said, of Evans’ BMW more than 500 kilometres away in Vernon, B.C.

But now that statement has been called into question after two bodies — believed to be the missing pair — were found in Evans’ car this past weekend off a highway in the sleepy Victoria suburb of North Saanich, minutes from where they lived and worked.

“The vehicle went over the road and went down an embankment and was obscured by the overgrowth,” said RCMP spokeswoman Const. Meighan de Pass. There was no indication of criminal behaviour.

Asked whether investigators still believed in their earlier statement that the vehicle had been spotted in Vernon, de Pass said Wednesday “we believed we had it confirmed.”

She said the results of a coroner’s examination are expected next week and will hopefully shed light on when they died.

In an interview with Black Press Media, Evans’ twin brother, Zach, said he works near the crash site and must have driven by it numerous times before the wreckage was found.

“It’s just horrible that the police tried focusing their efforts and power in Vernon on this false statement but could have done a better job focusing in Sidney, closer to home,” he said.

RCMP officials insisted the Vernon tip did not detract from their search efforts locally.

Evans, 23, and Rayel, 36, were last seen Aug. 9. They worked in food services at the Victoria International Airport. Authorities described them as friends and co-workers; some media reports indicated they were a couple.

“I know that they’d been working together and falling in love and enjoying life,” Evans’ father, Alastair Evans, told CTV News.

RCMP first notified the public about the missing pair on Aug. 12, saying that their failure to contact friends or family was “concerning and out of character.”

“We are hoping Easha and James see this and realize their families are worried. They need to contact police as soon as possible.”

Zach Evans went to Facebook appealing directly to his brother.

“Cmon bro,” he wrote Aug. 12, “get ahold of someone asap.”

The following day, he wrote that he’d been mistaken five times in public for his brother.

“James if you see this I love you bro get ahold of me man … choppers are doing an ariel search for your car tonight. Come home safe.”

He wrote that he had tried scrolling through his brother’s social media account for clues but came up empty.

Then on Aug. 16, police issued a second press release announcing that their investigation had yielded “new information.”

“The Sidney North Saanich RCMP has confirmed that James Evans’ blue 2002 BMW 325i was in Vernon on the afternoon of August 12, 2019,” it said.

I just happened to look over and saw the glint of a vehicle where no vehicle should be

But when the vehicle was finally found this past Saturday, it was nowhere near Vernon.

A person walking their dog spotted the vehicle in a ditch to the right of the northbound lanes of Patricia Bay Highway, near Parkland Secondary School, in North Saanich — basically in the area where the search began.

“I just happened to look over and saw the glint of a vehicle where no vehicle should be … so I walked in, had a look and discovered two bodies in a car that was torn up,” Rick Davis told CHEK News. It appeared the wreck had been there for two or three weeks, he said.

Zach Evans told Black Press he suspects his brother, whom he described as a “kind-hearted guy,” picked up Rayel and was heading to his mother’s house when the crash happened.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for a celebration of James Evans’ life.

Relatives of Evans and Rayel could not be reached for comment Wednesday. Their co-workers declined invitations to talk.

But in a Facebook post, it was evident that the RCMP’s investigation was still weighing on Zach Evans’ mind.

“(James) was never in Vernon,” he wrote.





The Sidney North Saanich RCMP are reaching out to the public for information regarding the location and well-being of Easha Rayel and James Evans.

Rayel and Evans were both last seen on Friday, August 9th, 2019 and are believed to be together. Information has been received indicating they possibly travelled to the Vancouver area but investigators have been unable to confirm this.

Easha Rayel is a 36 year Caucasian female, approximately 5’7 and 120 lbs. She has shoulder length brown hair and green eyes. James Evans is a 23 year old Caucasian male, approximately 5’6 and 140 lbs. Evans has brown hair and brown eyes. They are believed to be traveling in a dark blue 2002 BMW 325Ci.

Ms. Rayel and Mr. Evans have been out of contact for a duration of time that is concerning and out of character, said Cst. Meighan de Pass, Media Relations Officer for the Sidney North Saanich RCMP, We are hoping Easha and James see this and realize their families are worried. They need to contact police as soon as possible.

If you have seen Rayel or Evans, or have any information as to their whereabouts, please contact the Sidney North Saanich RCMP immediately at (250)656-3931.

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