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Trina Hunt went missing on Jan. 18, 2021, in Port Moody. Now after weeks of searching, police have revealed remains found in Hope on March 29 are those of the Port Moody woman. The investigation has pivoted to a possible murder.

The remains of missing Port Moody woman Trina Hunt have been found in Hope.

Police suspect foul play and are investigating her death as a possible murder, according to a press release from the Lower Mainland’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).

Trina Hunt Age

Trina Hunt was 48 years old.

Last seen at home

IHIT is now working with police in Port Moody to further investigate what happened to Hunt. She was reported missing by her husband when she was not at home upon his return from work on a Monday in January. He had last seen her at home in the morning.

The couple lives in the Heritage Mountain neighborhood of Port Moody. Community members helped conduct a large search for the woman as police looked for evidence to explain her disappearance.

Police and people who knew Hunt said it was out of character for her to have left without telling anyone.

Cause of Death

Hunt, 48, was reportedly last seen in her Port Moody home on the morning of Jan. 18 when her husband left for work. Her disappearance sparked a massive community search scouring her neighbourhood’s streets and forested trails. But no trace of the woman was ever found.

Now, police say Hunt’s body was found in the morning of March 29 in the Silver Creek area of Hope, according to an IHIT press release. That’s more than 120 kilometers away from her home.

Homicide detectives immediately took control of the investigation and have been working with the BC Coroners Service over the last month to correctly identify the body.

IHIT said it will be working with the Port Moody Police Department to investigate Hunt’s death as a homicide case.

“As this is an active and ongoing investigation, there will be no further details provided at this time,” said Sgt. Frank Jang of IHIT in a written statement.

The pivot to a murder investigation comes on the heels of months of searching during which police regularly assured the public no foul play was suspected. At one point, the Port Moody Police Department said it referred the case to the IHIT, only to be turned down because, without suspected foul play, the case didn’t meet the homicide unit’s mandate.

The Family is Processing the news with ‘Shattered Hearts’

Stephanie Ibbott, Hunt’s cousin-in-law and spokesperson for the late woman’s family, was not immediately available for comment but said the family is still processing the news. In a post to social media shortly after the police announcement, Ibbott shared a photo memorializing the Hunt with the subscript: “Your sparkle will never fade” and “1972-2021.”

Posted by Stephanie Stella Ibbott on Saturday, May 1, 2021:

In another post to Facebook, Ibbott spoke “with shattered hearts” to the community of people who sprung up to help find Hunt.

“We are forever grateful for your love through all of this,” wrote Ibbott. “This community of friends, family and strangers (who now feel like friends) has been there to support us in finding Trina each step of the way. Your words, thoughts, kindness, and outpouring of love are truly what have kept us going these past 3.5 months. We need your love and support more than ever right now.”

In the months since her disappearance, the community came together any way they could to bring hope to what the family described as “unimaginable grief.” Hunt, who loved to cook, was remembered through an online foodie movement under the hashtag #thetableissetfortrina, with those taking part asked to cook a meal in her honor.

Hamstrung from gathering due to pandemic restrictions, many turned to create touching videos, keeping the woman and who she loved in the minds of the public.

At other times, desperate family members held public demonstrations to keep hope alive, and when that didn’t work, they turned to GoFundMe to help expand the search perimeter.

Anyone with information related to Trina Hunt’s death is asked to contact the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at [email protected]