The RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit has assumed conduct of an investigation after first responders spotted what are believed to be human remains inside a vehicle fire now considered suspicious in nature.
On September 20, 2020 at 5:14 a.m., Vernon North Okanagan RCMP received a report of a vehicle fire on Louis Estates Road, just off Westside Road. Firefighters, who managed to extinguish the blaze, discovered what investigators believe to be human remains inside that vehicle. Front line officers secured the potential crime scene and called for the support of major crime investigators.
The investigation, which is being supported by the Vernon North Okanagan General Investigation Section and the BC RCMP Integrated Forensic Identification Section remains in its early stages, states S/Sgt. Scott Aschenbrenner, RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit Commander.
RCMP is releasing a stock image of what the vehicle involved would have looked like, in an effort to appeal to potential witnesses and in order to advance the ongoing police investigation.
If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police, or you have any information that may assist major crime investigators you are asked to call the RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit at 1-877-987-8477. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).