On Saturday, Sept. 10, Trail and Greater District RCMP, Provincial General Investigation Section, Forensic Identification Unit, and E Division Explosive Device Unit completed the examination of the blast scene at the residence in the 200 block of 8 Avenue, in Montrose, BC.
The investigation discovered that a piece of metal from the explosion traveled a significant distance from the scene and passed through the corner of a residence in the neighbourhood. It missed the homeowner by a narrow margin.
Trail RCMP suspect the explosion may be linked to organized crime and drug trafficking activity in the West Kootenay area, and is consulting with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit. The investigation is ongoing this week. The 41-year-old Montrose man is expected to recover from his grievous injuries sustained from the explosion.
Trail RCMP is asking for witnesses to contact police if they saw any suspicious vehicles or people in the Montrose area, particularly between 9 p.m. on Sept. 8, 2022, and 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 9, 2022. Trail RCMP is also interested in collecting any video surveillance footage in Montrose that may have captured images of suspicious vehicles and people responsible for the explosion," Wicentowich said.
Anyone with information can contact the Trail Detachment by calling 250-364-2566 to speak to an investigator. Trail and Greater District RCMP Victim Services is here to support the Montrose community during this turbulent time and can be reached at 250-368-2184 for advice and assistance.
Correction from Original Release: The 41-year-old victim was found near his vehicle after the explosion. He received life-saving medical intervention from members of the public in the area after the explosion.