Neighbors involved in the case of a missing Port Moody woman and another man whose remains were later found say her husband was arrested by police on Friday afternoon.
Trina Hunt, 48, was reported missing by her husband, Ian Hunt, from their home in the city’s Heritage Mountain neighborhood on January 18, 2021.
Her disappearance triggered a months-long search involving hundreds of people coordinated through social media.
His remains were found two months later in an area south of Silver Creek in Hope, BC. Later, the RCMP’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took up the matter.
Police returned to the couple’s home on Friday afternoon and arrested one person, but did not identify him or confirm whether any charges had been recommended to prosecutors.
The IHIT on Friday said it would not release any names as the charges have not been framed.
IHIT said more information would be provided on Saturday or later over the weekend.
On Saturday, neighbors in the community who either witnessed the arrest or video of the arrest told Nation World News that the person detained was Ian Hunt.
Laurie lives next to the Price-Harvey Hunt residence.
“I think it’s an overall relief,” she said. “It’s hard to see all his pictures out there, it’s incredibly sad and bizarre.”
Since the disappearance of Trina Hunt and the discovery of her remains, community members and others have searched for Hunt, saying that her disappearance was out of character.
Once her death was confirmed, advocates focused on justice for the deceased woman by posting poster boards, stickers and lawn signs that said #JusticeforTrina in the lower mainland.
Jane Lamont, who says she’s never met Trina Hunt but shared acquaintances, set up a Facebook page and a Reddit group that asked for suggestions and shared information on the matter.
“The community rallied around the family,” she said on Saturday. “There was something out of the ordinary with this story.”
Lamont commended investigators for their work on the case, and said he has been in contact with Trina Hunt’s family since officers arrested Friday.
“I think it’s a shock, even though you were expecting it,” she said.
Hunt’s cousin Stephanie Ebbott told CBC that Hunt’s family has yet to be given more information about the arrest.
Last June, Hunt’s family offered $50,000 to anyone who brought information to the RCMP, according to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).