A Department of National Defence contractor discovered materials linked to a 1992 Colwood murder at the Rocky Point site in Metchosin. (Google Maps)

UPDATED: Materials linked to 1992 Colwood murder found at construction site in Metchosin

West Shore RCMP investigating to determine if relevant to the old case

A police investigation is underway at a construction site in Metchosin after materials connected to a 1992 murder were found at the site.

Chew Excavating, a division of the Ralmax Group of Companies, was working on the Department of National Defence’s Rocky Point property when military police members closed the site Friday morning.

A spokesperson for the CFB Esquimalt confirmed a DND contractor found old newspaper clippings Thursday at the site, which were connected to the 1992 Guyatt murder case.

As a precaution, crews contacted military police, who then contacted the West Shore RCMP.

The West Shore RCMP is investigating whether materials found this week have any relevance to the old case but officers could not disclose any information about the investigation or what was found at this time.

Colwood resident Shannon Guyatt went missing in June 1992 after leaving her job at the ministry of highways office in Victoria. Her severed head was found 11 days later in a ditch in front of the family’s home on Cecil Blogg Drive. The rest of her body was never recovered. She was 34 at the time of her death.

Her husband Douglas Earl Guyatt, who was a DND firefighter, was convicted by a jury in October 1994 of second degree murder and was sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison before being eligible for parole.

He died while in prison on Aug. 13, 2014, at the age of 67.

At the time of the murder, investigators believed he killed Shannon to collect on an insurance policy and to pay off the mortgage on their home, according to an old edition of the Gazette. A 1992 article also stated the couple was in the process of separating after four years of marriage.


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