Sooke man’s body found near Port Renfrew, investigated as homicide
CTV Vancouver Island
Published Thursday, March 16, 2017 11:48AM PDT
Last Updated Thursday, March 16, 2017 6:55PM PDT
Investigators have confirmed a body found near Port Renfrew last week is that of missing Sooke man Michael Gregory Widner, and his death is considered a homicide.
Widner, 39, was reported missing over the weekend and his car was later found abandoned at Poirier Lake near Sooke.
Family posted to Facebook that police told them Widner’s body had been found, but police did not immediately confirm that the body, found on the Pacific Marine route, was his.
A source with ties to the Hell’s Angels told CTV News earlier this week that a prospect or member-in-training with the motorcycle gang was found dead near Port Renfrew over the weekend.
Sooke RCMP said the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit is leading the homicide investigation.
According to officials, Widner’s murder did not appear to be random, and police say there’s no threat to public safety.
Police believe he met up with somebody at William Simmons Memorial Park, near Poirier Lake where his vehicle was found, around 8 p.m. on Wed., March 8.
They’re now looking to speak with anyone who saw people or vehicles at either William Simmons park or along Pacific Marine route near Port Renfrew, where Widner’s body was found.
Anyone with information is asked to call VIIMCU at 250-380-6211 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Michael Gregory Widner, 39, was reported missing on Saturday and has since been found dead, according to social media posts from his family. March 13, 2017. (Handout)