Kamloops Mounties have released more information in connection with the city’s first homicide of the year.
Cpl. Dave Marshall said the body of 57-year-old Jo-Anne Donovan was found near her Westsyde home on March 22, nine days after she was last seen near her residence on March 13.
Marshall said an extensive forensic search of Donovan’s home has been conducted, noting police will remain there until an autopsy is conducted on March 28.
Marshall said Donovan was known mostly to frequent the North Shore and Brocklehurst areas of Kamloops and enjoyed walks around the areas near McArthur Island Park, Kamloops Airport and Tranquille Farms.
Police are still looking for any witnesses who may have seen Donovan or her vehicle around March 13. The vehicle, which the police have, is a grey, 2011 Chevrolet four-door Impala, with B.C. licence plate MK877W.
Anybody with information, and anyone who recently spoke with Donovan or visited her Westsyde home, is urged to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.
While the investigation continues, police say they do not believe there is any risk to the public. That typically means investigators may have an idea as to who is responsible or that the homicide was not a random occurrence.
The homicide is the first of 2023 in Kamloops and the fourth such investigation in the city since January 2022.