Penticton RCMP are investigating after two bodies were found in a burned-out vehicle – Penticton News

Two possible murders

Police are investigating after two bodies were found inside a burning vehicle near Penticton Thursday.

Investigators have now determined the deaths are suspicious. A road off Highway 97 between Penticton and Trout Creek was closed for two days by police while they investigated the scene.

Despite the gruesome discovery Thursday, police did not provide any information about the two bodies to the public until Saturday morning.

RCMP said they were called after an initial report of a vehicle fire.

Sgt. Chris Manseau said the Penticton RCMP were notified Thursday after the Summerland Fire Department was called to the paved road off of the highway, at 1797 Highway 97, where they discovered two dead bodies and immediately contacted police.

Officers from the Penticton RCMP front line and General Investigation Section arrived on scene and the RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit was also brought in.

The BC RCMP Serious Crime Unit will be assuming conduct of the investigation.

“This investigation is in its infancy, as major crime investigators and forensic specialists deploy to the area to assist in gathering and analyzing evidence,” said Manseau.

“Investigators are currently making attempts at identifying the deceased individuals. No further details regarding their identity will be disclosed, pending their identification and identifying their next of kin.”

In August, emergency crews discovered two bodies inside the remains of a burned vehicle on Garnet Valley Road outside of Summerland. Police did not comment on whether there was a link to this incident. The Southeast District Major Crime Unit is investigating that incident and stated was connected to a crash in the Lower Mainland.

Police added that a vehicle was later reported to be on fire in Oliver and investigators from both detachments are working together to determine if these incidents are related.

Anyone with information about either of the incidents is asked to call the tip line at 1-877-987-8477.

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