February 19, 2013 - 12:39 PM
UPDATE: Feb. 20, 2013 - 1:15 p.m.
Following notification of next of kin, the RCMP is releasing the names of two people found murdered in West Kelowna Feb. 18.
They are Tiffany June Goruk, 30, and Jeremy Daniel Snow, 33, both from West Kelowna.
Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says Goruk didn't have a criminal record, but Snow did. In 2010, the helicopter pilot was caught taking 78 kgs of marijuana into Idaho State, according to CBC. He was sentenced to four years in a U.S. prison for his role. The Province newspaper writes Snow was deep in debt and agreed to fly the helicopter "after much badgering" citing court documents.
Moskaluk wants to remind the public the murders are not believed to be a random act and doesn't foresee a direct threat to the general public.
The investigation continues and Mounties are requesting help from the public. Any information, regardless how minor it might seem can be called in to a designated tip line at 1-888-688-4264, murder of Tiffany June Goruk and Jeremy Daniel Snow file SE 2013-1500. Crimestoppers is also accepting information related to this crime.
Feb. 19, 2013 - 2:08 p.m.
Mounties have confirmed that two people found dead outside of a West Kelowna condominium project were murdered.
RCMP Southeast District Major Crimes Unit and the West Kelowna RCMP remain on scene at the Terra Vita condominiums on Auburn Road.
A large black SUV was found crashed into a parking lot entrance light standard around 11 p.m. last night. When police arrived on scene, however, they realized the crash itself was not enough to have killed the passengers.
Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says they need information from the public, particularly about a man who fled the scene. He stopped just short of calling the man a suspect and couldn't say if the man was escaping a similar fate as the other two in the vehicle.
"He is certainly a person of interest," he said. "We need to determine what his involvement is in the incident before we determine if he is a suspect."
A police dog tracked the man's scent for several kilometres. It went from from the wooded/landscaped area of the complex down to the walking trail onto Bentley Road and Daimler Road, in a Southwest direction through the residential area. The track was followed to Bylands Road across Highway 97 ending in the Ross Road area in the vicinity of the Mount Boucherie Complex before it was lost.
Investigators are canvassing the neighbourhood trying to find any more information. The crash itself might have attracted curious witnesses.
Moskaluk says any information may be useful and says no one should rule out their information before giving it to police.
"Never overlook the importance of a piece of information in a crime or a specific serious crime," he says. "It may be that bit of information that has not been passed out yet and might be a piece of the puzzle we need."
Investigators are seeking public assistance and ask that anyone who may have observed anything suspicious in this area of West Kelowna last night, or anyone with information regarding these deaths to contact the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880 or via Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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