RCMP in B.C.’s southern Interior are investigating a possible link between a man found dead Thursday morning and the killings of two people found at a roadside pullout the previous evening.
According to a statement, RCMP near Salmo discovered the body of a “clearly deceased” man Thursday after responding to a call about someone who appeared to be passed out near an electrical shed at a local motel.
The body was found about 80 kilometres west of Creston, where a man and woman were found stabbed at about 7 p.m. Wednesday at a pullout at the bottom of the Kootenay Pass on Highway 3.
“While we have yet to confirm this man is connected to the ongoing homicide investigation, we are certainly alive to the possibility,” said RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.
“We are working closely with the BC Coroners Service to identify him, which will aid in making that determination.”
Victims seriously injured at time of discovery
First responders said both of the stabbing victims were seriously injured when officers arrived.
“Those officers immediately rendered first aid treatment,” wrote Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey. “Despite the best efforts of everyone at the scene, including some passersby who stopped to help, [a] 40-year-old man was pronounced deceased.”
The second victim, a 25-year-old woman, was taken to a local hospital, where she later died. RCMP said the man was from Calgary, while the woman was from the West Kootenay.
Police said the victims’ vehicle was stolen, then recovered in Salmo — a community about an hour’s drive west, on the other side of the Kootenay Pass.
RCMP from across the southern Interior are now searching for the suspect who, police believe, knew the two people and fled in their vehicle.
Officers are asking the public to report anything suspicious while the fugitive is still at large.