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Rutland Death - cops still tight lipped

RCMP continue to say very little about the circumstances surrounding the death of 32-year-old Christopher Ausman.

His body was discovered shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday morning on Highway 33, near Rutland Road.

At a brief news conference Monday morning outside the Kelowna RCMP Detachment, Cst. Kris Clark would only say the death remains suspicious.

He would provide no further details regarding the investigation.

"We are waiting for the completion of the autopsy before we determine whether this is a homicide or not," says Clark.

"Certainly it is a suspicious death - there is no doubt about that. This is a 32-year-old man that was found deceased which is not normal circumstances. We are not going beyond that at this point."

Clark did confirm the RCMP has video surveillance showing Ausman in the area, however, they are unwilling to establish a timeline as to what Ausman was doing or where he may have been.

He also confirmed it was a member of the RCMP, making routine patrols in the area, who came upon Ausman's body.

RCMP have spoken with some people in the area and have compiled some evidence, however, Clark was not at liberty to share any of the information they have received.

He would only say the death is suspicious.

"There are various possibilities with any death," says Clark.

"Basically, anytime there is a death we are going to investigate as if it is a homicide until proven otherwise. It's suspicious at this time."

Clark added police are still anxious to speak with anyone who was in the area who may have seen anything, no matter how inconsequential it may seem.

"We have to consider that this is a fairly high traffic area. Even though it is basically the middle of the night it is within a block of Cadillac Lounge and the 7-11 on Highway 33," says Clark.

"We believe there may be more people out there that saw something, no matter how insignificant. We are requesting they contact

 

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