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Friend paints grim picture

UPDATE 2:00 P.M.

Ryan James Quigley was taken into custody by Kelowna RCMP Thursday morning. He is being held in custody in connection with the death of Aimee Parkes. 

A friend of Aimee Parkes has painted a dire picture of drugs and a relationship gone sour.

Parkes, 35, was found dead in her home in the Hiawatha Mobile Home Park Tuesday morning.

Police believe autopsy results expected later today (Thursday) will confirm she was murdered.

RCMP also say her fiancè Ryan James Quigley, 34, is being sought as a person of interest.

"Ryan was into drugs, he was troubled," says Sherri.

"He was using and Aimee had gotten him clean for six months. They were doing so well."

Sherri says her husband grew up with Ryan Quigley while she lived next to Parkes for a few years.

"She was just the sweetest thing in the world. I just feel bad because we introduced them," says Sherri.

"I wish I had never introduced them because she would still be here."

Sherri says the couple began dating a few years ago on Canada Day.

They announced their engagement in April of last year.

Neighbours confirmed there had been a lot of yelling coming from inside the home the past several weeks. Sherri says Parkes was trying to get her fiancè to vacate the premises.

"She had asked the cops the last couple of weeks for help because she was trying to kick him out but he wouldn't leave. She was staying with our other neighbour for a couple of nights because she was terrified to go home."

Friends tell Castanet that Aimee's mother, who lives in England, is flying in today.

Quigley's current whereabouts are unknown and police are asking for public assistance in locating him.
He is described as:

  • Caucasian male
  • 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
  • 154 lb (70 kg)
  • Brown, medium length curly hair
  • Green eyes

Police are also searching for a burgundy or purple 2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara, bearing BC Licence Plate 944REL known to be associated to Quigley.


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