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Police complete search of property where body of Vernon teen was found

Police search at 2290 Salmon River Road on Oct. 25, 2017.
November 09, 2017 - 3:12 PM

SILVER CREEK - The RCMP have announced the search of a North Okanagan farm where human remains were located is complete.

In a press release issued this afternoon, Nov. 9, RCMP say the Southeast District Major Crimes Unit completed its search of the Salmon River Road property, with “all police personnel and equipment vacating the property.”

The update comes just a day after police responded to inquiries about a reduction in resources at the property, saying the investigation was still “active and ongoing.”

Clearly, that has changed.

“The property was turned over to the owners at midday today and we are asking the media and general public to respect the owners’ property and privacy,” Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says in the release.

Police say the investigation into the suspicious death of Traci Genereaux — whose body was found on the property — is ongoing.

In an interview following the release, Cpl. Moskaluk said all the search tasks and efforts at Salmon River Road were completed.

“Police are not releasing any further details about further findings,” Moskaluk said.

Asked if investigators located any other human remains on the property, Moskaluk said: “We referenced human remains being found on the farm, followed shortly thereafter with the clarification and details of those remains being one individual, and those being Traci Genereaux.”

When pressed about why so little information is being released, Moskaluk said there are points in an investigation when police do not reveal details.

“When we provide information, it’s to further advance an investigation. (There are) certain points in time in an investigation we don’t speak on. Right now, what we can say is the search is completed,” Moskaluk said.

He added there is no threat to public safety. 

"As we stated around (Oct.) 21, RCMP investigators confirmed that there is no current issues with regards to public safety relating to this ongoing investigation," he said. 

A dedicated tipline remains in place and anyone who saw Genereaux or has any information about her is asked to call 1-877-987-8477.

Curtis Wayne Sagmoen, 36, who resided at the farm, is in custody on charges of disguising face with intent to commit an offence, uttering threats, and firearm offences related to an Aug. 27 incident. Those charges were laid after police issued a warning to "the general public and women sex workers'' about an incident in the Salmon River Road area where a woman was allegedly threatened with a firearm.

Police have not named Sagmoen as a suspect in Genereaux’s death or drawn any links between him and the extensive property search that began Oct. 19.

— This story was updated at 3:38 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, and again at 4:04 p.m., to add additional remarks from Cpl. Dan Moskaluk. 


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