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Penticton woman arrested in connection to 2017 homicide of teenager

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February 06, 2018 - 2:00 PM

PENTICTON - A 20-year-old Penticton woman has been arrested, and released, in connection to the homicide of a teenager last year.

Southeast District RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says in a news release today, Feb. 6, that the Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP are continuing their investigation into the April 2, 2017 homicide of a 17-year-old Penticton man.

Police say the woman, also referred to as the man's companion, was taken into custody by Penticton Serious Crime investigators on Feb. 1, and subsequently released that day without charges, with further investigation pending.

At approximately 12:24 p.m. on April 2, Penticton RCMP were asked to assist B.C. Ambulance after a young woman reported that her companion was in medical distress, Moskaluk says in the release. 

When police arrived, a 17-year-old man was located unresponsive inside a Penticton-area residence with B.C. Ambulance providing CPR to him. He was pronounced dead at the time.

The youth and the woman were known to each other.

"Although initially believed that the man’s death was attributable to a medical condition, further information and evidence was obtained in August of 2017, which led RCMP investigators and the B.C. Coroners Service, to categorize his death as a homicide. RCMP investigators are continuing their investigation," Moskaluk says.

Moskaluk adds that no further information is being released.

He did confirm to that this death was what was previously referred to as Penticton's fourth homicide of 2017, which the public did not become aware of until December 2017.

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