Skaha Lake: Body in car is that of woman missing since 1972
Penticton RCMP said the remains found inside the sunken car resurfaced by citizen divers belong to a 20-year-old woman who went missing in November 1972.
Divers had seen the vehicle under the water and informed RCMP of the find last August. But cops made no effort to salvage the vehicle.
The divers then undertook to bring the vehicle to the surface and made the shocking discovery of human remains inside.
Police finally got involved and were able to tell the young woman’s family that their loved one had been at the bottom of the water in Skaha Lake.
The retrieved vehicle was examined in detail by RCMP and other experts subsequent to the retrieval.
“As a result of this examination, Penticton RCMP and the BC Coroner Service are satisfied that they have identified the remains in the vehicle,” said Sgt. Rick Dellebuur.
“The remains are that of a 20-year-old British Columbia woman who is believed to have disappeared in November, 1972. The woman’s family has been advised by Penticton RCMP,” he said.
“There is no foul play suspected and thus the case is being turned over to the BC Coroner Service for any further action or follow up,” he said.
“The woman’s family does not wish to be identified at this time, to allow them time to deal with the information that has been provided to them. The BC Coroner Service will be assuming responsibility for this investigation,” said cops.
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Sgt. Rick Dellebuur