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Coroner identifies woman who drowned in Sawmill Lake

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July 14, 2014 - 2:45 PM

OLIVER - A woman who drowned in Burnell-Sawmill lake last month prompting a suspicious death investigation has been identified and foul play ruled out.

She was Grace Marie Capot-Blanc, 54, from Penticton.

Capot-Blanc was camping at a Burnell-Sawmill Lake Forestry Recreation Site off Fairview Road northwest of the Oliver on the night of June 6-7. Shortly after 2 p.m. campers heard someone in trouble in the water. They called emergency services and RCMP discovered Capot-Blanc in the water, about 10 metres from the southwest shore of the lake.

She was pulled from the lake and taken to shore, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The B.C. Coroners Service and RCMP continue to investigate her death.

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