UPDATE: Police seek public assistance in Naramata homicide
Southeast District major crime investigators are seeking public assistance in their ongoing investigation into the discovery of a deceased woman in Naramata on Wednesday, June 9, 2021.
The deceased has now been positively identified as Kathleen Richardson, 57, of Naramata.
“We are publishing Kathleen’s name to help advance the ongoing investigation,” said BC RCMP spokesperson Dawn Roberts.
“Investigators want to speak to anyone who had a relationship with Kathleen in the days leading up to her death. Understanding her movements or activities will help keep this investigation moving forward.”
In addition, the police are also requesting any dash camera video from anyone driving in the Naramata area from Monday June 6 to Wednesday June 9.
Investigators continue to believe that Kathleen’s death is linked to the double homicide that occurred last month. All are likely linked to local drug and gang related activities and additional police resources that support investigations will remain in the area.
Anyone with information on the death of Kathleen or the death of Erick and Carlos Fryer is asked to contact the RCMP South East District Serious Crime Unit’s information line at 1-877-987- 8477.
The Southeast District Major Crime Unit (SED MCU) was called in to assist Penticton RCMP following the discovery of a woman’s body at a Naramata residence yesterday.
Just before 5 p.m. on June 9, 2021, investigators visited a residence on the 3900 block of 3 Street in Naramata in connection with the double homicide which occurred last month. Officers found the house unsafe, but no one opened the door. Officers entered the residence to ensure the well-being of the occupants, once inside, the body of an adult female was discovered. His death is under investigation for homicide.
“Investigators from the BC SED and RCMP serious crime units work closely together and regularly share information given the links between the homicides today and last month,” said the Acting Officer-in-Charge Sanjaya Wijayakoon. “The investigation into the deaths of Erick and Carlos Fryer in May is progressing and we know their deaths were not a random act and likely related to local drug and gang related activity.”
Although a preliminary identification of the woman has been made, investigators continue to work with the BC Coroners Service to conclusively confirm. The homicide scene has been secured and investigators as well as forensic specialists will be on hand to collect all the evidence.
“We know that the news of another homicide in the community of Naramata will be concerning,” said the superintendent. Brian Hunter, Officer in Charge of the Penticton RCMP. “These are targeted acts, and this type of violence, linked to drug and gang activity, is not normal in our community. Additional police resources have been brought to the area and you can expect a stronger police presence in the days to come. Now is the time for anyone with information to come forward. “
Using a three-tier approach of prevention, response and enforcement, the CFSEU-BC Uniformed Gang Enforcement Team (UGET) is in Naramata and neighboring communities to assist the Penticton RCMP and SED major crime investigators gather intelligence and other enforcement actions.
Anyone with information, or who may have a dash cam or other video footage, is asked to contact the SED MCU hotline at 1-877-987-8477.