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Police return to farm

UPDATE 2:40 p.m.

RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said, "Reparation work is being conducted as a result of what was moved/disturbed/damaged during the search effort. Police are not back at the property searching."

However, last month police were searching an area adjacent to the Sagmoen farm.


RCMP have returned to a farm on Salmon River Road near Silver Creek where the remains of a Vernon teenager were found in October.

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk would not say why police have returned to the farm, but did say police activities are related to the same investigation that discovered the remains of 18-year-old Traci Genereaux.

In early October, police launched one of the largest operations the region has ever seen when more than two dozen officers and two mobile command trucks descended on the farm near Silver Creek.

The bulk of that operation wrapped up Nov. 9, but police have been back at the farm albeit in smaller numbers.

The farm is owned by the parents of Curtis Sagmoen who is currently before the courts on another matter.

While no connection has ever been made between Sagmoen and the death of Genereaux, Sagmoen is facing numerous charges for allegedly threatening a sex trade worker weeks before police arrived at the property.

Charges against Sagmoen include disguising face with intent to commit offence, intentionally discharging a firearm while reckless, uttering threats, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, pointing a firearm and careless use of a firearm.

Citizens have also come together to form the group Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women drone search team, which is conducting searches of the area using a drone provided by the father of one of four women missing from the region.

Anything of interest found by the group is relayed to the RCMP.

While Genereaux has been found, there is still no sign of Ashley Simpson, Deanna Wertz, Caitlin Potts and Nicole Bell, all of whom went missing from the North Okanagan-Shuswap area.



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