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Major crime investigating following discovery of two bodies

Ashcroft, Major Crimes Unit

2019-08-20 10:34 PDT

The Southeast District Major Crime Unit is investigating following the discovery of the bodies of two men on Saturday afternoon near Ashcroft.

On August 17, 2019 Lytton RCMP frontline officers were called to a rural area, north of Spences Bridge for a report that two bodies had been discovered at that location.

Investigators from the Southeast District Major Crime Unit (SED MCU) were called to assist as the circumstances at the scene led police believe the deaths involve criminality.

Sgt. Steve Rigby of SED MCU states, We have been working closely with the BC Coroners Service to confirm the identities of the deceased as Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr, who were reported missing to the Surrey RCMP in mid-July of this year. The RCMP is confirming their identities in an effort to advance our investigation into their deaths, he continues.

The investigation led by the SED MCU, has been assisted by Ashcroft and Lytton RCMP Detachments, the Forensic Identification Section and Police Dog Service, who assisted in scene examination and RCMP Air Services who removed the bodies from the rural location. SED MCU will continue to work with Surrey RCMP, receiving information gathered throughout the missing person’s investigation.

The BC Coroners Service is also investigating these deaths and has no further information to release at this time.

If you have any information related to Ryan or Richard’s deaths, you are asked to contact the SED MCU tipline at 1-877-987-8477 or if wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Released by

S/Sgt. Janelle Shoihet

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