BC floods: Man moved to the island when he was killed by mudslides

His body has not been found.

A British Columbia man on his way from Peachland to Vancouver Island has been identified as one of the people swept away in a fatal mudslide along Highway 99.

Brett Diederichs moved to Vancouver Island with her partner and mother when they were all caught in the mudslide on November 15th.

“Our beloved son, brother, life partner, nephew, cousin and friend Brett were taken by the landslide and are still missing,” reads a GoFundMe collection.

Both his partner and his mother were with him and survived the tragedy. Diederichs was swept away and his body has not been found.

“We will use these gifts to contribute to his graduation celebrations and to support the love of his life, Madison, in these difficult times,” reads the collection.

In a statement on social media, Diederichs’ sister Kirsten shared the news “with a broken heart.”

“My brother and best friend [were] trapped in landslides just outside Pemberton, BC. While my family is reeling from this tragedy, we hope we can make this time a little easier by helping the love of his life, Madison, create their dream of living on Vancouver Island, and to cover the unexpected expiration costs that will be held. Everything will help, ‚ÄĚsays Kirsten’s notice.

Police have not released his name; they have confirmed he was a 36-year-old Peachland resident.

Search and rescue workers found the bodies of three men from the Duffey Lake roller coaster last week.

High school girlfriends Anita and Mirsad Hadzic are also among the dead; they were on their way home to Vancouver after a weekend stay at the Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon. The husband and wife leave behind a two-year-old daughter.

Steven Taylor, a father of four from Burnaby, was traveling on November 15 when he was also killed in the Highway 99 mudslide.

Staff Sgt. Janelle Shoihet of the BC RCMP said a 61-year-old man from the lower mainland was also found at the scene.

Police have suspended their search at Duffey Lake and note that all current search efforts have been exhausted.

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