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Two out of three found

UPDATED 7:53 P.M.

Hayley Haines, 18, and Rhoda Johnson, 58, have been located by Kamloops RCMP Thursday evening. 

McKenna Smith, 18, is still missing.


ORIGINAL: 3:32 P.M.

Three women have been reported missing in unrelated cases in Kamloops Thursday – and now the Kamloops RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance located them.

Hayley Haines, 18, was reported missing on Aug. 29. She has reportedly been sighted in the downtown Kamloops area as recently as yesterday afternoon.

She is described as;

  • First Nations
  • Five foot four inches tall
  • 115 pounds
  • Brown hair
  • Brown Eyes

“Police are concerned for Hayley’s well being and would ask that anyone with information on her whereabouts please contact the Kamloops RCMP,” says Const. Jason Epp.

Fellow 18-year-old McKenna Smith was also reported missing and police are looking for your help locating her.

Smith was reported missing on Sept. 1.

“The last known contact between McKenna and her family was via Facebook on Sept. 2,” says Epp. “McKenna is believed to be in the company of a male friend, and may be driving a silver Honda Civic 4 door with Alberta license plate BPN9992.”

Police believe she may have taken off to an unknown area of Alberta.

She is described as:

  • Caucasian
  • Five foot five inches tall
  • 126 pounds
  • Light Brown hair
  • Brown Eyes
  • Flower tattoo on left forearm

As well, 58-year-old Rhoda Johnson was reported missing on Sept. 2, after she failed to return home from a walk to the store.

“Johnson lives on Thompson Drive in Kamloops, and went out to Coopers Store in Valleyview Tuesday evening but failed to return home,” says Epp. “Rhoda was last seen wearing a black vest, shorts, sandals and carrying her black purse.”

Johnson is described as:

  • First Nations
  • Five foot four inches tall
  • Medium build
  • Long brown hair
  • Brown eyes (glasses)

RCMP and family are concerned for all the women's well-being and ask anyone with information on any of three to contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) to remain anonymous.





Pizza to go - literally

A pizza delivery driver had his car stolen at gunpoint overnight.

About 12:15 a.m., a Papa John’s Pizza driver was approached by two males as he was finishing his shift. As he was getting into his vehicle, one of the men pulled a gun and demanded he turn over the vehicle.

The blue 2006 Chevy Aveo was parked in the City View complex at 1801 Highway 5A in Kamloops.  

The robbers were last seen driving west on Rogers Way.

The victim was unharmed, but was shaken by the incident, said RCMP Const. Jason Epp. 

There is only a limited description of the suspects, but it is believed they are 19-22 years old and were wearing dark clothing.

The car has B.C. licence plate 965NXF and a large Murray GM sticker in the rear window.

Kamloops RCMP ask anyone with information on the robbery to contact them at 250-828-3000 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS).



Pipeline summit planned

A two-day meeting to discuss issues around oil pipeline development in Canada will be held in Kamloops next month, hosted by the Lower Nicola Indian Band.

The First Nations and Oil Pipeline Development Summit will be held Oct. 27 and 28 at the Kamloops Coast Hotel and Convention Centre.

The summit looks to bring together First Nations leaders, technicians who assess natural resource developments, and negotiators of impact management benefit agreements, from around B.C.

The summit also hopes to attract government officials and energy project proponents.

“The summit will provide the participants with a clear list of initiatives on how First Nations, government and industry can work together in regard to oil pipeline developments in Canada,” Chief Aaron Sam of the Lower Nicola Indian Band said in a press release.

The summit will focus on Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain pipeline expansion.

The goal of the summit is to share information and expertise, look to compare examples of First Nations engagement on other developments, and discuss the risks and opportunities of such projects.



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Karaoke cop takes the mic

An RCMP officer took the microphone last weekend at a pub in Kamloops and gave the crowd some entertainment they won’t soon forget.

Const. Kevin Roy was on shift patrolling Central Station Pub during karaoke night, when he decided he wanted to show off his own chops.

A video of Roy singing “Superman” by Five For Fighting has since gone viral on Facebook, garnering almost 2,000 shares by Wednesday afternoon.

“I’ve never seen that before in my life. I’m so glad that a cop would do that,” Cora MacClaren, the woman who took the video, told CTV.

MacClaren said when Roy wasn’t singing, he was talking to people around the bar, “making sure they stay out of trouble, making sure they were OK.”

An RCMP spokesperson said the RCMP is pleased with the reaction to the video.

"We are really fortunate to have that great support from our community every day," Const. Jason Epp told CTV in an email.

- with files from CTV Vancouver



Assault suspects sought

Kamloops RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying three individuals who were involved in an assault on the 500 block Victoria Street on Jan. 10.

Police were called to the area for a report of a male lying on the ground and discovered the victim had been assaulted by an unknown male.

"The investigation has been ongoing since the initial report, and video surveillance has provided a lead,” said Const. Jason Epp. “The photographs depict the male suspect as he was running away from the assault as well as two females who are believed to be associated to the suspect.”

Police are hoping that someone will recognize one or all of the persons of interest and come forward.

Anyone with information on the identities of the three people is asked to contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).



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