Police scour for clues at marina where artist died
Published Thursday, November 19, 2009 6:14PM PST
Police investigators and divers scoured Ford Cove's Marina on Hornby Island Thursday for clues in the mysterious death of a popular artist and performer.
The body of 25-year-old Tempest Grace Gale was pulled from the water Wednesday morning.
She lived aboard one of the boats.
Comox Valley RCMP said Thursday a man they had detained for questioning was released without charge. They said they have not ruled out foul play.
An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.
"This is the darkest hour for us," said Matthew Fredbeck, the marina's owner.
Fredbeck told CTV News that he heard Gale's family scream when her body was found.
"I could hear the screaming from my house which is about 500 feet away. The father was really upset and screaming, 'Murder! Murder! My daughter! My daughter!"
Fredbeck said another boat owner had been harassing the Gale family and others in the area, since he showed up about a week ago.
"Who knows what his intentions were but he was following them around the island in a very bizarre way, very suspicious," he said.
Meanwhile, friends gathered at the local sports hall to remember Gale, who was a poet, artist and entertainer.
"Nobody's doing good. It's torn this community apart," said Steve Tovell.
"They call Hornby Island a jewel of the Gulf Islands. Well, she was the jewel of Hornby Island."
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Jim Beatty