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Recent police activity not connected to missing women in North Okanagan, families say

Police at a Salmon River Road property Oct. 19, 2017.
October 20, 2017 - 8:10 AM

SILVER CREEK - The families of three women missing from the North Okanagan say yesterday’s large scale police search at a rural property is not related to the cases of Ashley Simpson, Caitlin Potts or Deanna Wertz.

The RCMP descended on a farm on Salmon River Road Thursday, taping off the large property and bringing in police dogs, a mobile command unit and portable washrooms.

Salmon River Road runs parallel to Yankee Flats Road in the community of Silver Creek, where two missing women, Ashley Simpson and Deanna Wertz, had been living before they disappeared last year. Another woman, Caitlin Potts, was living in the Enderby and Salmon Arm area when she vanished.

Police haven’t provided any details about the focus of yesterday’s search, saying only that it is part of “an ongoing investigation.”

Cindy Simpson, Ashley’s mother, says police have told her family the search is not connected to her daughter’s case. She says Ashley’s case remains an active investigation, although there are no new updates.

Alanna Wertz, Deanna’s sister, spoke with investigators yesterday and they confirmed the search is not related to her case either. Codi Potts, Caitlin’s sister, also heard from the RCMP yesterday and says the search is not related to her sister’s homicide investigation.

All three families are holding out for answers in the longstanding missing person cases.

Police have previously said foul play is not suspected in Deanna’s case, however it is in Ashley’s.

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