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UPDATE: RCMP say search of North Okanagan crime scene still 'active and ongoing'

The large rural property at 2290 Salmon River Road is wrapped in police tape Oct. 25, 2017.
November 08, 2017 - 1:17 PM

SILVER CREEK - Despite the removal of some tents and heavy equipment, police say the search of a rural North Okanagan property where human remains were found has not wrapped up. 

Members of the public began reporting Tuesday evening, Nov. 7, on social media that it appeared police were packing up from Salmon River Road in the community of Silver Creek between Vernon and Salmon Arm, but the RCMP say they are not finished yet. 

"The search of the Salmon River Road site remains active and ongoing," Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says in a media release issued today, Nov. 8.

"Our investigative efforts and resource requirements are being continually assessed and as a result various resources are no longer required and are now being removed from the property," Moskaluk says in the release. "This includes the removal of temporary shelters and heavy equipment."

"RCMP investigators are continuing their investigative efforts at the property."

Moskaluk says the RCMP and the B.C. Coroners Service continue to investigate the death of Traci Genereaux and the discovery of her remains on the property. Genereaux was 18-years-old when she went missing at the end of May. 

An extensive search has been underway at the roughly 24 acre farm property for nearly three weeks. Police descended on the farm Oct. 19 and deployed numerous resources including the dog team, mobile command units and forensic experts.

Police have not announced any suspects or charges in relation to Genereaux’s suspicious death.

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. 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.

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.

— This story was updated at 1:10 p.m. Nov. 8, 2017 to add information from an RCMP news release. 

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