UPDATE: Suspect in double homicide located deceased; Calgary man and West Kootenay woman killed in the Kootenay’s

Creston, Salmo – A man allegedly responsible for a double homicide in Creston on Wednesday evening has been found dead in Salmo.

On January 6, 2021 just after 7 p.m., Creston RCMP and emergency medical first responders were called to the Highway 3 pullout near the Summit Creek Bridge for reports of a man and a woman in need of immediate medical assistance. Police learned that both victims had been stabbed by a suspect who reportedly fled the scene in a motor vehicle associated to one of the victims (link to original news release).

The victim’s vehicle was located and recovered near Salmo and hours later, a man’s body was found near a motel in the same town (link to previous news release).

Investigators, in partnership with the BC Coroners Service have now determined, the man whom officers were searching for in relation to the double homicide, is the man found dead in Salmo on Thursday morning. Criminality is not suspected.

The BC Coroners Service is continuing its investigation into the man’s death to determine all the facts.

“We can appreciate this is not the outcome the victims’ families may have hoped for but we hope this news brings them comfort in their grief,” states S/Sgt. Scott Ashenbrenner Unit Commander of the Southeast District Major Crime Unit.

Neither the victims or suspect will be identified by police or the BC Coroners Service.

File # 2021-98

BC RCMP

BACKGROUND

Creston, Salmo, BC – The RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit has been deployed from Kelowna to take conduct of an investigation into the fatal stabbing of a man and a woman outside of Creston, as RCMP in the BC Southern Interior search for a man now being considered a homicide suspect.

On January 6, 2021 just after 7 p.m., Creston RCMP and emergency medical first responders were called to the Highway 3 pullout near the Summit Creek Bridge for reports of a man and a woman in need of immediate medical assistance. Police learned that both victims had been stabbed by a suspect who reportedly fled the scene in a motor vehicle associated to one of the victims.

Double Homicide Investigation
Double Homicide Investigation

Front line officers arrived on scene to find an adult man victim in grave condition. Officers immediately rendered first aid, however despite the best efforts of everyone at the scene the 40-year-old Calgary man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The second victim, a 25-year-old West Kootenay woman, suffered serious injuries. She was transported from the scene by BC Emergency Health Services to hospital where sadly she later succumbed to those injuries.

“This investigation is in its infancy, as major crime investigators and forensic specialists deploy to the area to assist in gathering and analyzing evidence,” states S/Sgt. Scott Aschenbrenner, Unit Commander of the Southeast District Major Crime Unit. “Investigators have reason to believe the suspect and the victims were known to one another.”

BC RCMP have since located and recovered the victim’s stolen vehicle in the area of Salmo BC. The vehicle remains part of the ongoing criminal investigation. RCMP continue to search for the suspect who remains at large at this time.

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Creston RCMP at 250-428-9313. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

File # 2021-43

Southeast District RCMP



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