June 7, 2014 UPDATE: Last night, Roy Ostling’s sister posted the following announcement on Facebook for the many hundreds of people who had mobilized to help search for Roy:
Thank you all for your tremendous support and compassion. Sadly, this evening we received the devastating news from the Nanaimo RCMP that Roy’s body was found June 4th on the Lower Mainland near Crescent Beach in Surrey. The RCMP believes that there was no foul play and the autopsy results are forthcoming. As you can imagine, we are in shock and will get back to you with our plans. We want to thank all of Roy’s friends for mobilizing so quickly to spread the word. The media and social attention today heightened everyone’s awareness. We also thank the Nanaimo RCMP for diligent efforts to find Roy.
Kristen, Janis and Erik Ostling”
This tragic outcome to Roy’s story has left many of us quite shaken. I personally crossed paths with Roy often, as we both did a lot of walking and photographing in downtown Nanaimo and had many friends in common. The words that are filling my head right now are Plato’s maxim: “Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”Kim Goldberg ~
ORIGINAL STORY, June 4, 2014:
A 62-year-old Nanaimo photographer and writer known to many of us, Roy Ostling, has not been seen by anyone since Thursday, May 29, 2014. His friends are worried, and the police are taking it seriously.
Have you seen Roy? If so, or if you know where Roy is, phone Nanaimo RCMP: 250-754-2345.
Roy is known to many people locally from his daily forays around town taking pictures and from his many community involvements, which include the Crimson Coast Dance Society, the Qualicum Institute, the Brant Festival, and more.
On his Twitter profile, Roy describes his passions as being “writing, photography, the outdoors, interesting people, poetry and the arts.”
The Nanaimo RCMP have just issued the following Missing Person alert:
The Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 62 year Roy OSTLING missing since Thursday May 29th.
OSTLING was last seen by his roommate as he left their home on Thursday May 29th. That was the last time anyone saw him. He has no drug, alcohol or medical issues. OSTLING has never left for extended period of time without first telling a friend or family member. There is no recent activity on any of his social media accounts and repeated calls to his cell phone have gone unanswered. His family and friends have had no contact with OSTLING.
OSTLING is a white male, 5 ft 10, 200 pounds, glasses, moustache, goatee, with blue eyes and grey hair. No clothing description was obtained other than he was seen carrying a black packsack and was wearing a black ball cap. He has a valid driver’s license but does not own a car.
If you know where Roy OSTLING is, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.