A skull, a gun & a backpack

The police aren't saying much about a find of human remains on Anarchist Mountain, but residents say the RCMP recently conducted an investigation in the area.

According to some, there were remains found about a week ago on an acreage off Bullmoose Road on the mountain, east of Osoyoos.

Neighbour Jean Ross said she spoke to a few policemen when they came around asking questions.

What's bizarre about it, is there has been no chatter at all, she stated.

"There was a big group, a mountain get together on the weekend, a fire safety thing, and there was 40 to 50 people from the mountain there," she said. "But not a word was said, they are keeping things very close."

As far as the details emerging so far, Ross said it was, "A man, a backpack and a gun", and that is as much as people know.

The woman did ask the police when they were here, how it is that someone can go missing and no one claim him, and she was told it could have been a hunter or something like that.

"So we are all a little bit concerned," she said. "It's one thing if it's a hunting rifle, it's quite another if it's a handgun. There are a lot of people up here, ladies on their own, with husbands working."

The property the remains were found on was built a couple of years ago, so the remains must have been off site, only to be found when the person walking went off the beaten path, she stated.

Ross said she and others who live in the area are anxious for details.

"I will rest easy once I know if it's a hunter, rather than a murder," she said.

The landowner, who did not want his name used, said he was shocked at what he found on his property. He deferred all questions to the RCMP.

He also said the police had cleared out.

Others said they heard the backpack was found first, and then the man stumbled over the skull. They were also told there were other bones, but it looked like an animal might have been involved in moving the parts around.

The only information from the police so far, is that it is an RCMP major crime unit, out of Kelowna, doing the investigation.

Human remains were also found on Haynes Point Provincial Park on April 29.



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