Arrest made in connection to body found in Kamloops alley

An arrest has been made in relation to the discovery of a body in Kamloops alley last year.

On Nov. 29, 2019, RCMP responded to the discovery of human remains near Carson Crescent, according to an RCMP media release. Police determined from the scene it was a criminal investigation, and identified the victim as 66-year-old David Melvin Boltwood. 

RCMP said several tips came into police that Boltwood had been living at a nearby apartment with another man.

Today, July 10, Kamloops Serious Crimes Unit arrested 51-year-old Shane Troy Bownlee of Kamloops. He has been charged with one count of interfering with or offering indignity to a dead body.

"I understand that a case like this is difficult for the public to understand," Kamloops RCMP Sgt. Simon Pillay said in the release. "As investigators, we of course presume a body found in this circumstance was the victim of foul play until proven otherwise."

"This matter was very carefully investigated and we are satisfied that the death itself was not criminal in nature. Given this matter is proceeding to court, I cannot get into the details of how this determination was made because this conclusion was based on specific physical and forensic evidence that was corroborated by witnesses and investigation.”

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