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UPDATED: Is body found in Guerin Creek that of teenage girl?
While Kamloops Mounties remain quiet on the discovery of a body in Guerin Creek on Wednesday, Dec. 5, the possibility has arisen it may be that of a 16-year-old girl with ties to Terrace.
In its incident report, Terrace RCMP reported today (Dec. 6) that it is "assisting Kamloops detachment with an investigation of a 16-year-old girl's death."
In its incident report of Nov. 28, Terrace RCMP noted a 15-year-old girl was missing.
The detachment does not say whether the two cases are linked.
KTW called the Terrace RCMP community-relations section and left a voicemail message. KTW is still awaiting a return call.
A source close to the investigation told KTW the remains belong to a female, but the age of the deceased has not been made public.
In April, 41-year-old Kamloops woman Cassandra Wilson went missing. The following month, police announced they believe she was murdered.
Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said Mounties received a call at about 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, after an area resident walking his dog in the Guerin Creek area found what appeared to be human remains.
Investigators are working to identify the remains and have not indicated publicly whether they belong to a man or a woman, or how long they had been there.
However, Learned asked for tips from anyone who may have spotted anything suspicious in the area in the 24 hours preceding the discovery.
Police had a large area taped off near Grandview Terrace and Centre Avenue for most of the day.
“Someone got badly hurt and they’re not alive anymore,” said a man who did not want his name published.
He said he received a call from his friend, who lives in the Guerin Creek apartment building on Grandview Terrace and Centre Avenue, asking for a ride.
“I got here and there were detectives everywhere.”
The man’s friend said he was told Mounties were investigating a death.
“They found a dead body,” he told KTW.
“Other than that, I don’t know a damn thing.”
Investigators could be seen interviewing area residents and combing the parking lot and hillside around the apartment building.
One Mountie, armed with a video camera, was filming the apartment building and the creek area. At one point, six police vehicles, marked and unmarked, sat at the entrance to the apartment complex, which was taped off.
Two more police vehicles could be seen parked on Lombard Street, a few blocks away, near Guerin Creek.
Another police cruiser sat on Fernie Place, blocking access for curious bystanders across the creek from the apartment complex.
Anyone with information can call police at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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