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Parksville man murdered in Mexico
A former Parksville resident has been killed in Mexico.
Ron Lloyd MacKintosh was reported missing on Oct. 22 from his home in Melaque near Puerto Vallarta, sparking a search by police.
That search ended Tuesday, when a municipal patrol found Mackintosh’s body tied to a tree in an undeveloped area near the coastal town of Barra de Navidad.
Mackintosh, who had recently retired from his position at Koers and Associates Engineering in Parksville, was last seen dropping off his girlfriend in his black, 2008 Jeep Patriot at 5:15 p.m. and then left to go home — but he never arrived. His girlfriend reported him missing the next day. Mackintosh reportedly had his dog with him at the time of his disappearance. Both the dog and the vehicle have yet to be found.
“It was an unbelievable shock,” said Tony Koers. “It was hard having him missing for a long time as well. We were living on false hope that things might turn out.”
Koers said he knew Mackintosh well.
“He worked for us for a long time, since we started the company,” he said. “He retired in 2010 after being with us for 23 years. Him and I go back further than that, as I hired him for previous employment before that.”
Mackintosh worked as a construction inspector while at Koers.
“He was our most senior Most senior guy,” Koers said. “Our projects are municipal infrastructure and he would be out in the field day in and day out to make sure things were built in the way we intended them to be built.”
He said he couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to kill the friendly, pleasant man.
“He was a very friendly person,” he said. “His strength was people. He had lots of friends. I can’t imagine him having enemies.”
Oceanside RCMP Corporal Jesse Foreman said the local detachment is not involved in the case at this time.
Mackintosh was not the first British Coumbian to be killed in Melaque. In January, Salt Spring Island resident Robin Wood, 67, was killed in a home invasion.