Trina Hunt Bio, Wiki
Trina June Hunt was a 48-year-old Port Moody woman whose body has been found in Hope after being reported missing on January 18th, 2021. 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 was last seen by her husband Ian Hunt
Trina Hunt was reported missing on January 18th, 2021 by her husband Iain Hunt who reports she was last seen at 6 am when he left their residence for work; when he returned from work Trina could not be located and the household was unlocked. Trina’s keys and cell phone were left at the house and there were no obvious signs of a struggle.
The family supported by community members immediately started a search of the immediate area. The area of Heritage mountain Port Moody is a residential suburb surrounded by paths and forests. Trina was not known to venture off the main trails, not advise others of her location or leave her items at home.
Now, police say Hunt’s body was found in the morning of March 29th in the Silver Creek area of Hope, according to an IHIT press release. That’s more than 120 Kilometres 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.
Trina was happily married to her husband Iain Hunt, CEO of Cleantech in Richmond BC. Reported the last contact with Trina other than her husband was a Friday, January 15th morning.
Her Death is being investigated as a Possible Homicide
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.”
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 has 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 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 honour.
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. 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]