The body discovered on the shores of Port Edward July 2 has been identified as missing Terrace resident David Kim.
Friends and family of Kim’s confirmed the identity with Black Press Media.
The BC Coroners Service is investigating the cause of death, which is suspected to be drowning. No foul play was suspected.
The 45-year-old Kim was last seen April 7 leaving Shames Mountain parking lot. His car was found parked and locked near Khyex River off Highway 16 the next day, sparking a week-long air, ground and water search operation between the RCMP, Search and Rescue and an experienced group of friends, family and community volunteers.
On July 2 the Coast Guard found Kim’s body in Inverness Passage, along the shores of Port Edward.
Kim was an avid outdoorsman and a well-known personality at Shames Mountain. Shortly after his disappearance, Kasia Kistowska started a GoFundMe campaign to which Catharine White, Kim’s partner of 22-years made a substantial donation, raising almost $10,000 to benefit Terrace Search and Rescue and My Mountain Co-op. The money was distributed early July.
– with files from Shannon Lough
An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the cause of death was confirmed to be drowning. BC Coroners Service suspects drowning but the cause is still under investigation.