Body found in North Bentinck identified as Dianne Pootlass

The body of a woman discovered two weeks ago near Bella Coola, B.C., has been identified as that of missing woman Dianne Pootlass.

Dianne's body was positively identified as found in North Bentinck

The body of a woman discovered two weeks ago near Bella Coola, B.C., has been identified as that of missing woman Dianne Pootlass.

There were no signs of foul play, said a statement released by RCMP. The 41-year-old was reported missing to police after she was last seen by a family member on June 16.

“An extensive air and ground search was conducted over several weeks in order to locate Dianne, but all search efforts met with negative result,” wrote North District RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Dave Tyreman.

Her body was located in the water in the North Bentinck Arm area by a boater on July 7. An autopsy was performed on July 11, which positively identified the deceased as Pootlass.