HANSVILLE — Brandon Lee Blanford, last seen by his family on Dec. 11, was found dead on Sidney Island, British Columbia. Blanford's body washed ashore Dec. 19, according to a report by the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, citing the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Blanford was identified through fingerprint comparison.
Sidney Island is about 50 miles northwest of Hansville in Haro Strait, between Sidney, B.C. and San Juan Island.
The investigation into Blanford's disappearance continues by sheriff's detectives.
The sheriff's search teams scoured the north end of Kitsap for Blanford Dec. 12-13. The ground and water search included canine teams and watercraft from North Kitsap Fire & Rescue, the Suquamish Police Department and the sheriff's marine services unit.
Blanford was last seen leaving his parents’ home in the 39000 block of Shoreview Drive NE, Hansville, around 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11. His family reported that he left the house to go for a walk, unaccompanied, in the general vicinity of NE Twin Spits Road / Hansville Road NE / Point No Point Road NE. His family reported him missing the next day.
Blanford had borrowed his father's coat, and the father’s cell phone was in a coat pocket. During the search, the Sheriff’s Department asked Cencom to ping the phone, and search and rescue personnel found the coat and cell phone on a beach in Hansville.
Blanford had a history of despondency and was being treated for it, according to a Sheriff’s Department report. He lived alone in Bremerton but had a girlfriend and a web design business, according to the report.
Referring to his son’s despondency, the father said he hoped others with relatives who are despondent “will examine their relationships and see what they can do now. I hope that something good comes out of this.”