UBC professor who went missing on Salt Spring Island has been found dead, say RCMP

UBC professor who went missing on Salt Spring Island has been found dead, say RCMP
VANCOUVER -- A University of British Columbia professor who went missing after running errands earlier this week has been found dead.

The body of a Salt Spring Island woman missing since May 12 was found on May 15, reads a statement from BC RCMPs Cpl. Chris Manseau, released Saturday shortly after 1 p.m.

Although a full determination has yet to be made, RCMP do not believe that criminality was involved in the womans sudden death.

Loved by her many students, friends and family, Sinikka Elliott was an avid hiker , and RCMP said on Friday that her car had been found on the side of a road near a popular hiking area.

The BC Coroners Service is also investigating to determine how, where, when and by what means she came to her death, the RCMP statement said.

More than 100 people contributed to the search for Elliott, said RCMP.

Search and rescue crews from Vancouver and Vancouver Island assisted in the search, and members of the public were asked to let the trained crews do the searching. In a tweet, Comox Valley Search and Rescue described the efforts as intensive wilderness searching.

100 trained volunteer SAR members from all over SE BC assemble on the 4th day of intensive wilderness searching for missing UBC Professor Elliott

Elliott, a mother of two and an associate professor at UBC, studied families and inequality, among other things. In a tweet from fall 2020, she shared a link to her new research on food insecurity in the U.S., saying she was happy this piece is out.

happy this piece is out showing how the government makes it harder for low-income families to get needed support to prevent food insecurity. another way the US punishes poor families.

Elliott and her husband have a home on Salt Spring island and her vehicle had been found at Juniper Place Road around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday. She had last been seen earlier that day when she left home to run errands.

Kerry Greer, a friend and colleague of Elliotts, spoke to CTV News Vancouver before Elliotts body was found, and described her as a loving person and a strong hiker.

Sinikka is one of the most reliable, personable people I know, and shes not someone who would recklessly go for a long hike and not tell someone where she was going, Greer had said.
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