RCMP provide update on deceased individuals found near Penticton, call for public assistance

Penticton, B.C., Major Crimes Unit

2021-05-12 15:06 PDT

File # Penticton RCMP 2021-7116 / Southeast District Major Crime Unit #2021E-8136

BC RCMP Major Crime and the Penticton RCMP are asking the public to contact them if they have noticed anything suspicious around the Naramata Creek area following the discovery of two deceased people on May 10.

Click here to view original news release (May 11, 2021)

As reported yesterday, frontline officers attended a remote location on May 10, 2021 up the Naramata Creek Forest Service Road after receiving information about an unresponsive person in need of medical attention. When officers arrived in the area they found two deceased individuals.

Since that time major crime investigators have tentatively identified one of the two individuals and are actively trying to confirm the identity of the second deceased person. In addition, at least one motor vehicle was located in the surrounding area. It has been seized and remains part of the still ongoing investigation.

A forensic autopsy has been scheduled for Friday May 14, 2021, and the public can expect to see an increased RCMP presence in Naramata as police continue to secure the primary scene, awaiting the results of that autopsy.

We fully appreciate the impact that such a discovery like this has on the community as a whole and on the families and loved ones of each of these individuals. Investigators have been working around the clock on this investigation. They are dedicated to determining what happened here and holding the person or persons responsible, accountable for their actions.

Although we are still in the very preliminary stages of this investigation, early findings suggest that this was an isolated incident. At this time there is nothing to indicate a greater general risk to public safety. Should we recover any information or evidence to suggest otherwise we are committed to notifying the media and 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, says Cpl. O’Donaghey, adding that this 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. Officers would still like to identify who they were to eliminate them from the ongoing investigation. If anyone knows who they may be they can contact the Penticton RCMP, says Cpl. O’Donaghey.

Released by

Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Southeast District
170-395 Penno Road Kelowna, BC V1X 7W5
Office: 250-491-4317
Cell: 250-869-9578
Fax: 250-491-2381

Email: jesse.odonaghey@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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