Police investigating sudden death of a child near Tofino


The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) is investigating the sudden death of a child in Tofino.

RCMP and paramedics responded to a call about an injured child on the Tyhistanis Reserve on Dec. 13, who succumbed to their injuries three days later, police said.

“This is a tragic situation affecting many people in the community, including family, friends, first responders and medical personnel,” said Supt. Sanjaya Wijayakoon, BC RCMP major crimes section operations officer. 

“This investigation is in its preliminary stages, and is expected to be a long, thorough and involved process involving many agencies, including BC Coroners service.”

Police said other children from the residence have been temporarily placed in other homes while the investigation continues.

The BC Coroners Service is also conducting a concurrent fact-finding investigation, RCMP said.

Due to the privacy of the deceased, under the Coroners Act, the deceased’s name will not be released.

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