The body found off Indian Road in Duncan has been confirmed to be Tyeshia Jones.
In a statement released Feb. 1, RCMP said the coroner confimred their suspicions just after 7 p.m. on Jan. 31.
The preliminary autopsy also confirmed foul play was involved.
RCMP said a core group of 30 officers continue to hunt for a suspect and additional officers will be brought in as needed.
Police are advising people to travel in groups, taking public transit or a cab.
Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).