The Canadian Press
SALMON ARM, B.C.–The Mounties are bringing in specialists to help search a rural property in Salmon Arm, B.C., where they say human remains have been found.
Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said yesterday a forensics team that specializes in recovering evidence is among the personnel searching the 10-hectare property.
He said police also are working with the owners of the property on Salmon River Road to move livestock from the site to be cared for elsewhere while the investigation is underway.
Asked if the remains that were found belong to one or more people, Moskaluk replied the Mounties can’t release more details until proper identification is made.
Five women have gone missing in the same area of the north Okanagan in the past 20 months.
The Mounties have not linked the property search with any ongoing investigation or with a public warning they issued earlier this month about a man they arrested after an alleged incident Aug. 28 involving threats made to a woman in the area of Salmon River Road.
On Oct. 13, the RCMP warned in a news release of a “possible risk to the general public and women sex workers.”
They said the “woman had attended a pre-arranged meeting” with the man.
“The meeting had been set up via an online website utilized by escorts and sex workers,” police said in the statement.
“The victim reported to police that upon arriving at the agreed upon location in her own vehicle, the male suspect produced a firearm and threatened her,” it noted.
“The victim was able to flee the scene unharmed.”
The man was released by police and no charges were laid.
Earlier this week, police said 36-year-old Curtis Sagmoen was charged Oct. 17 with disguising his face with intent to commit an offence, uttering threats and weapons offences.
Police said he remained in custody and was scheduled to return to court today.
Moskaluk said information about how and why police began searching the site can’t be released.
He asked the community to be patient as there is no timeline for the investigation to be completed.