Kamloops woman’s death confirmed as homicide

Kamloops City

2023-03-28 16:24 PDT

File # 2023-8641

An autopsy on a woman discovered deceased last week has confirmed that missing person Jo-Anne Donovan was the victim of homicide.

The body of Jo-Anne Donovan, 57, was discovered near her residence on March 22, 2023, approximately one week after she was reported missing to police. Jo-Anne was last believed to be seen on March 13. An autopsy was scheduled for March 28 to confirm her identity and to determine the cause of her death.

Sadly, the autopsy results verified what investigators initially suspected, that Jo-Anne Donovan was the victim of homicide, said Corporal Dave Marshall of the Kamloops RCMP Serious Crime Unit. As our investigation continues, so too does our appeal for more information from the public to help us timeline Jo-Anne’s last movements and determine exactly what transpired.

A head and shoulders photo of Jo-Anne Donovan smiling, with long blond hair and dark rimmed glasses.

View larger image: Jo-Anne Donovan

Jo-Anne was known to frequent the North Shore and Brocklehurst areas of Kamloops. She enjoyed going for walks around McArthur Island Park, the Kamloops Airport, and Tranquille Farms. Police are still seeking witnesses who may have seen Jo-Anne or her grey Chevrolet Impala around March 13, the date she is believed to have gone missing.

Police are also seeking to speak with anyone who recently spoke with Jo-Anne or visited her residence, who has not already been contacted by investigators, said Cpl. Marshall.

An extensive forensic search of Jo-Anne’s residence and vehicle have and continue to be conducted, with assistance from the Forensic Identification Services Unit, General Investigation Support Team, and frontline officers.

No further information will be provided at this time to protect the integrity of the investigation.

The Kamloops RCMP Serious Crime Unit is asking anyone who has any information regarding Jo-Anne Donovan to please contact the detachment at 250-828-3000.

Released by

Cpl. Crystal Evelyn

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Kamloops RCMP
560 Battle Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 6N4
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Email: crystal.evelyn@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
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