UPDATED: Human remains found at Saanich farm identified as missing Victoria man

Dana McKellar's remains were found at a Saanich farm in the 100-block of Goward Road last week.

Dana McKellar has been missing since September 2014.

The human remains found at a Saanich property last week are those of missing Victoria man Dana McKellar, the B.C. Coroner’s Service confirmed Tuesday.

“It’s bittersweet,” said VicPD Inspector Keith Linder.

“This is someone’s father, someone’s son. It’s good for the investigation to locate him, but it is difficult for his family to have to let go of their hopes that he was still alive. It’s a small consolation for us that were are able to help bring him home.”

McKellar’s remains were found at a property in the 100-block of Goward Road last Thursday. The 51-year-old father was reported missing in September.

Through an investigation, it was later revealed that McKellar had been previous assaulted. As the investigation progressed, officers learned that there many be potential evidence on the Goward Road property.

On June 2, VicPD, Saanich PD and RCMP launched one of the largest searches undertaken on Vancouver Island is search of evidence of McKellar.

The investigation is continuing with police looking into how he died, how he ended up at the Goward Road property and who is responsible.

More to come.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Greater Victoria writer releases first novel inspired by U.S. school shootings

Dear Mr. President tells thought provoking story of victims left behind

Saanich mayor joins fight to protect local wildlife from rat poisoning after second owl dies

Mayor Fred Haynes to meet with provincial, federal pest control industry representatives

Sidney fire responds to fewer but more severe calls during pandemic

Rise in severity linked to changes in routine during COVID-19 pandemic

Saanich police see spike in excessive speeding compared to previous years

Nearly 100 excessive speeders caught since January 2020

Colwood branch drop-off to continue throughout summer

COVID-19 safety measures remain in place

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of the world of summer sports

In a typical year, there are plenty of summer sporting events and tournaments held across Canada

‘We’re sick of it’: Anger over police killings shatters U.S.

Tens of thousands marched to protest the death of George Floyd

Surrey mayor’s party under fire for ‘sickening’ tweet accusing northern B.C. RCMP of murder

Mayor Doug McCallum says tweet, Facebook post ‘sent out by unauthorized person’

Father’s Day Walk Run for prostate cancer will be virtual event this year throughout B.C.

The annual fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC has brought in $2.5 million since 1999

Dr. Bonnie Henry announces official ban on overnight kids’ camps this summer

New ban comes after talking with other provincial health officials across the country, Henry says

Senior man in hospital after unprovoked wolf attack near Prince Rupert

Conservation officers are on site looking for the wolf

VIDEO: NASA astronauts blast off into space on SpaceX rocket

Marks NASA’s first human spaceflight launched from U.S. soil in nearly a decade

‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

PHOTOS: U.S. cities brace for increasing unrest over police killing of George Floyd

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has fully mobilized the state’s National Guard

Most Read