Drowning determined to be cause of death in Justin Brooks case

Police have determined that drowning caused the death of 21-year old Prince Rupert resident Justin Brooks.

Police have determined that drowning caused the death of 21-year old Prince Rupert resident Justin Brooks.

Brooks’ body was discovered in the Prince Rupert harbour in the early hours of March 4. The coroner’s service has determined that there were no “serious injuries” that would have contributed to his death. However, the investigation is ongoing and has been made a priority by police.

“RCMP investigators and Prince Rupert Victim Services continue to work closely with the victim’s family and friends,” stated Cst. Lesley Smith, North District Media Relations Officer.

“Police are still trying to determine the true facts of the case from rumours that have been circulating through social media. False information or speculation can hinder an investigation and therefore concrete evidence and fact based information is essential for police to determine whether Justin Brooks met with foul play or if this was simply a tragic accident.”

Anyone who can provide valid information about this investigation to police are asked to call the Prince Rupert RCMP Detachment at (250) 627-0700. If you would like to remain anonymous please call CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Look for more on this story in the April 10 issue of the Prince Rupert Northern View.