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Two dead in Vernon: deaths are "suspicious"

RCMP at a house in the 5800 block of Hartnell Rd.
March 04, 2013 - 1:59 PM

UPDATE: March 4, 2013- 5:21 p.m.

Some residents in the Vernon area where two people were found dead this morning say they aren't all that surprised to see crime there.

Two bodies were discovered in a Hartnell Rd. home early Monday morning. Police have yet to identify the dead, saying only that the deaths are "suspicious."

One neighbour, who asked not to be named to protect her identity, said a new family with two parents and two kids, moved in last summer. She said she's seen people coming in and out of the house on a regular basis and said marijuana could often be smelled there. 

She did not know the name of the family and said they kept to themselves.

The Hartnell Rd. area is remote, with considerable distance between houses. Gord Molendyk, spokesperson for the RCMP, said the 911 call came this morning from someone inside the residence.

A police car is stationed in the driveway, and officers could be seen moving items from the house earlier today.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call (250)309-5230

Officers appeared to be moving cardboard boxes and other items from the house.
Officers appeared to be moving cardboard boxes and other items from the house.

A few driveways down from the crime scene is a red car draped with police tape. The front windshield is shattered. It appears to be on an empty lot.
A few driveways down from the crime scene is a red car draped with police tape. The front windshield is shattered. It appears to be on an empty lot.

UPDATE: March 4, 2013 - 3:25 p.m.

Police say they found two people dead this morning during their investigation into reports of shots being fired in the Hartnell Rd. area of Vernon early this morning.

RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says the report came in around 1:40 a.m. and first responders helped two children and an adult relative — all unharmed in the incident — out of the home and into a vehicle.

The South East District Major Crimes Unit was on scene to assist the B.C. Corners Service with the investigation. They are treating the deaths as suspicious.

Names are not being released at this time as police work to notify next of kin and investigate this event.

Anyone who might have heard shots fired or who has information about this incident is asked to please call the Vernon RCMP office at 250-545-7171.

Police say they expect to release more details about this file tomorrow.

March 4, 2013 - 1:50 p.m.

Vernon RCMP aren't saying much about a series of shots fired around 1:40 a.m. this morning in the Hartnell Rd. area.

"Our officers are in the area right now conducting an investigation," spokesperson for the RCMP Gord Molendyk said.

The police are not releasing any further details at this time until they determine what they find at the scene.

An update may be released by RCMP later today.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call (250)309-5230

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