A mourning family finally has some closure after their son went missing nearly three years ago.
The BC Coroners Service says human remains found on Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver last month are those of Tom Billings, the 22-year-old British tourist who disappeared on a hike in 2013.
The remains were found last month by a hiker and several days later they were recovered by members of North Shore Rescue.
Team leader Mike Danks says he has talked to the Billings family in England to tell them the news.
He says it was a tough conversation and the family was emotional.
“They are a very nice family, They have been out here several times visiting with our team and going up to Lynn Headwaters. I am just really happy they have some closure.”
He says the body was found in an area of the beaten track on Cypress Mountain.
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Billings’ disappearance sparked a major search effort that continued for years.
In a statement this morning, Vancouver Police say shortly after nine o’clock last night they phoned Tom’s parents in England, and provided them the sad details in a two-hour conversation.
The Billings family has issued the following statement:
“The family wants to thank the general public for the support and assistance in the search to find their son Tom over the last 2 1/2 years. The family specifically wishes to express their deepest appreciation to the members of the North Shore Search and Rescue team and the helicopter pilots of Talon Aviation, the staff and members of the British consulate in Vancouver for all their continued support, and finally to the VPD in general and the Missing Persons Unit in particular for their continued and persistent work to find their son Tom.”