Powell River RCMP issued the following media release today, February 1, 2016:
On January 30th, 2016 at approximately 3:00 am the Powell River RCMP responded to a report of a possible drug overdose.
Police attended a Powell River residence and located an unresponsive male inside. The male was transported to Powell Rive General Hospital by ambulance and sadly he was later pronounced deceased.
At this time it is suspected that the male, 22 year old Ryder HAYES, died as a result of a drug overdose. The investigation has been taken over by the BC Coroners Service.
Police would like to remind the general public of the risk one is taking when taking illicit drugs. Often the user is not fully aware of the contents of the drug, and at times it can become fatal.
Police are requesting that anyone with information regarding the death of Ryder HAYES contact the Powell River RCMP or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Callers to Crimestoppers will remain anonymous.