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UPDATE: RCMP investigating suspicious death reported near Penticton Secondary track and field

A heavy police presence was reported at Penticton Secondary's track and field this morning, Sept. 5, 2021.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Jessica Paul
September 05, 2021 - 10:10 AM

The Penticton RCMP is investigating after a young man was found unresponsive at a Penticton school field earlier this morning.

Penticton RCMP were called to assist B.C. Emergency Health Services with a report of an unresponsive person down at a field located in the 100-block of Eckert Avenue just before 6 a.m., Sept. 5, according to a press release issued by the RCMP.

When officers arrived they found ambulance crews attending to a young man suffering from critical injuries. He was transported to the Penticton hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the RCMP.

The area has been cordoned off and the Penticton RCMP general investigation section, who is leading the investigation is currently at the scene with front line officers and officers from the forensic identification section. Officers are expected to remain in the area throughout the day today, according to the RCMP.

“Our priority now is to identify this young man and speak with his family,” said superintendent Brian Hunter, Officer in Charge of the Penticton RCMP, in the press release.  “We are asking anyone who has information about this incident or can assist in identifying this young man to contact us.”

Jessica Paul, who lives near Penticton Secondary School, said there are roughly 10 police officers, a K9 unit and roughly five police vehicles on scene. A track and field near the school has been taped off, she said.

A Facebook post shared on a Penticton Facebook group showed a person lying face down on the ground on the track.

- This story was updated at 10:38 a.m. to include a comment from the RCMP.


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