Penticton's 4th homicide

UPDATE: 8:30 p.m.

The head of the Penticton RCMP says the public should not be concerned about a homicide that was revealed by police Thursday evening.

“The integrity of the investigation outweighs the need to notify the public of the particulars,” says Supt. Ted De Jager.

Police have not disclosed when this year the homicide took place or who the victim was. 

De Jager says charges have yet to be laid in connection with the homicide, but the public will be notified if charges are approved.

ORIGINAL: 7 p.m.

The Penticton RCMP is investigating a fourth homicide for the city, but the department won’t say when it happened or who was killed.

Detachment commander Supt. Ted De Jager disclosed the investigation in response to year-end queries from Castanet about the status of the three other publicly known homicide investigations.

“No further evidence to be gathered and no public safety concern so it was not released to the media,” he said in an email. “It will be released when charges are complete.”

In addition to the mystery homicide, police are still investigating the murders of Dean Gillette, Dale Atkinson and Randal Toews.

Gillette’s body was found dumped on a rural road in January near Willowbrook, suffering from a gunshot wound.

Toews was shot in April in broad daylight at an apartment complex on Creston Ave.

Atkinson died inside the home he shared with his common-law wife in June on Woodlands Dr.

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