RCMP provide update on deceased individuals found near Penticton, call for public assistance

Penticton, BC – BC RCMP Major Crime and the Penticton RCMP are asking the public to contact them if they have noticed anything suspicious around the Naramata Creek area following the discovery of two deceased people on May 10.

As reported yesterday, frontline officers attended a remote location on May 10, 2021 up the Naramata Creek Forest Service Road after receiving information about an unresponsive person in need of medical attention. When officers arrived in the area they found two deceased individuals.

Since that time major crime investigators have tentatively identified one of the two individuals and are actively trying to confirm the identity of the second deceased person. In addition, at least one motor vehicle was located in the surrounding area. It has been seized and remains part of the still ongoing investigation.

A forensic autopsy has been scheduled for Friday May 14, 2021, and the public can expect to see an increased RCMP presence in Naramata as police continue to secure the primary scene, awaiting the results of that autopsy.

We fully appreciate the impact that such a discovery like this has on the community as a whole and on the families and loved ones of each of these individuals. Investigators have been working around the clock on this investigation. They are dedicated to determining what happened here and holding the person or persons responsible, accountable for their actions.

Although we are still in the very preliminary stages of this investigation, early findings suggest that this was an isolated incident. At this time there is nothing to indicate a greater general risk to public safety. Should we recover any information or evidence to suggest otherwise we are committed to notifying the media and the public.

“While officers wait for the results of the forensic autopsy we are asking that anyone who may have seen something unusual or odd to contact us. Our investigators will be able to determine if it is important to the file,” says Cpl. O’Donaghey, adding that “this includes information about the two individuals that were seen in the area.”

“At this point there is no evidence that links the two people observed in the area to the deceased people. Officers would still like to identify who they were to eliminate them from the ongoing investigation. If anyone knows who they may be they can contact the Penticton RCMP,” says Cpl. O’Donaghey.

Penticton RCMP

BACKGROUND

Penticton, BC – BC RCMP Major Crime has been deployed to the South Okanagan after the discovery of two deceased individuals in a remote location in the Naramata Creek area Monday morning.

On May 10, 2021, a short time after 10 a.m., front line Penticton RCMP officers responded to a remote location up Naramata Creek Forest Service Road after a couple, walking in the area, discovered two deceased individuals. Police immediately took steps to secure the location and called upon forensic specialists with the RCMP Integrated Forensic Identification Section to assist with an examination of the scene.

Double Death
Double Death

The BC Coroners Service was notified and has concurrently launched a fact-finding investigation into the death of both individuals.

“The priority of major crime investigators will be to conduct a full assessment and gather any and all physical evidence at the scene. Simultaneously, RCMP and the BC Coroners Service will be working collaboratively to establish a positive identification for each of the decedents and work diligently to notify the families of each of the deceased,” states Acting Officer-In-Charge (A/OIC) Supt. Sanjaya Wijayakoon of the BC RCMP Major Crime Section.

While immersed in this new death investigation, additional front line officers were brought in to conduct a search for two individuals moving through the rural area on foot, under suspicious circumstances. Uncertain if the two individuals were connected to the unfolding death investigations, or other criminal activity in the small community, a ground search was coordinated with aerial support from RCMP Air Services. After an exhaustive search, the two individuals were not located.

“Although we are still in the very preliminary stages of this investigation, early findings suggest that this was a targeted incident. At this time there is nothing to indicate a greater general risk to public safety,” says Supt. Brian Hunter, Officer-In-Charge of the Penticton RCMP. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who were impacted directly or indirectly by yesterday’s operation for their patience and full understanding. I want to re-assure our community that the Penticton RCMP is home to so many brave men and women, who continue to respond to these situations, and continue to put their safety on the line to ensure the public is safe.”

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the BC RCMP Major Crime information line at 1-877-987-8477.

File # Penticton RCMP 2021-7116 / Southeast District Major Crime Unit #2021E-8136

Penticton RCMP



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