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Police, coroner investigate death on streets in North Kamloops

A woman in her 40s died Sunday outside on a street in North Kamloops, but investigators are not yet able to say if her death was caused by the elements. Mounties were called at 9:30 a.m.
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A woman in her 40s died Sunday outside on a street in North Kamloops, but investigators are not yet able to say if her death was caused by the elements.

Mounties were called at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday to the 100-block of Palm Street to assist paramedics with an unresponsive female, who had been located outside. The 100-block of Palm Street spans from Royal Avenue to Briar Street and intersects with Tranquille Road.

Overnight temperatures in Kamloops ranged about -5 C with the wind chill, according to Environment Canada.

The cause of the woman’s death is still under investigation, RCMP Cpl. Crystal Evelyn told KTW, but criminality is not suspected in the death.

The BC Coroner’s Service also attended the scene and has launched a concurrent investigation, Evelyn said. 

She said her next of kin have been notified.

BC Coroners spokesperson Ryan Panton told KTW the coroner is still investigating and it is too early to say if it was due to cold weather. 

“We don’t speculate on cause or manner of death,” he said. “We wouldn’t be able to say anything definitively one way or the other until the coroner has had a chance to complete their investigation.”

He said the woman’s time of death has not been established yet, either.

The woman died in the same block as another person days earlier on Oct. 29, when firefighters discovered a body in the rubble of
a burned shed behind the close Dynasty Garden restaurant at about 7:30 a.m. 

It is not clear yet how that fire started or how that person died.

Evelyn said the identity of the person found and the cause of their death has yet to be determined.

Police have yet to say whether criminality is suspected in that death.