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North Okanagan RCMP investigating homicide after man's body found on OKIB land


RCMP are treating the discovery of a man's body on 6 Mile Creek Road on Okanagan Indian Band land as a murder.

On May 29, at about 6:30 p.m., the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP were contacted after a man’s body was found in the area, according to an RCMP press release. Witnesses found the body after an altercation with an unknown individual who was driving recklessly.

The vehicle was stolen and police located the vehicle at a Vernon business the following day, RCMP said. During the recovery of the vehicle, a man associated with it was arrested. The investigation is ongoing to determine his involvement in the incident and he currently remains in custody.

The RCMP major crime unit has been called to take control of the investigation. These investigators, along with the Forensic Identification Team, will be in the 6 Mile Creek Road area speaking to witnesses, and canvassing for video.

No Okanagan Indian Band members are currently believed to be involved in this incident, RCMP said.

“Although this investigation is still in its early stages, officers advise that there are no known threats to public safety,” Insp. Brent Novakoski with the B.C. RCMP Major Crime Section said in the release. “Investigators are asking residents from the 6 Mile Creek Road to examine their property for anything missing or out of place.”

If you have any information to give investigators, dash cam video from the area or have video surveillance from May 29, call the Southeast District Major Crime Unit information line at 1-877-987-8477.

The BC Coroners Service is conducting a concurrent fact-finding investigation into the death.

At this time, the victim’s identity has not been confirmed, according to the RCMP.

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