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RCMP renew appeal for tips after two bodies found on forest service road near Penticton

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May 12, 2021 - 3:46 PM

Officers investigating the discovery of two bodies near Penticton yesterday have tentatively identified one of the victims.

The bodies were found by hikers yesterday morning, May 11, along the Naramata Creek Forest Service Road.

While one of the victims has been tentatively identified, efforts are ongoing to identify the other victim, according to an RCMP media release. Autopsies are scheduled for Friday, May 14.

A vehicle possibly linked to the bodies was found in the area and has been seized as part of the investigation.

Naramata residents can expect to see increased RCMP presence in the area as offices secure the scene, RCMP said. Police fully appreciate the impact a discovery like this has on the community, but add investigators believe it was an isolated incident with nothing at this time to indicate a greater risk to the public.

“While officers wait for the results of the forensic autopsy we are asking that anyone who may have seen something unusual or odd to contact us. Our investigators will be able to determine if it is important to the file,” RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said in the release.

That includes information about the two individuals that were seen in the area.

"At this point there is no evidence that links the two people observed in the area to the deceased people," O’Donaghey said. "Officers would still like to identify who they were to eliminate them from the ongoing investigation.” 

RCMP are asking anyone who might have seen something unusual in the area to call the BC RCMP Major Crime information line at 1-877-987-8477.


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