Kamloops Mounties say murder probe involves missing man Troy Gold

Victim had extensive criminal history and vanished on Oct. 1

Police have confirmed an ongoing homicide investigation is in connection with the death of a Kamloops man reported missing last week.

Troy Gold, 35, was reported missing on Oct. 1.

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RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie confirmed police believe Gold has been murdered.

“Through investigation, the RCMP determined that Gold’s disappearance was suspicious and further investigation revealed that Troy Gold had been murdered,” Shelkie said.

“No arrests have been made, but the RCMP does have suspects.”

Shelkie would not say whether Gold’s body had been recovered, but police have been active in recent days in related crime scenes in Lac du Bois north of the city and at a home on Woodstock Place, off Popp Street in Brocklehurst.

“It is believed that this homicide was targeted and that there is no risk to the public,” Shelkie said.

Gold has a lengthy criminal history, including a manslaughter conviction in connection with a stabbing death on a Kelowna beach in 2001.

According to a Kelowna Daily Courier story, Gold was 19 when he attacked 32-year-old Martin Cotey with a knife after approaching Cotey and his girlfriend on Okanagan Lake beach the early morning of Aug. 7, 2001.

“Armed with a carving knife and spoiling for a fight, Gold told Cotey to get off his beach,” the Courier story stated.

“Cotey, 32, tried to appease him and Gold stabbed him, leaving him to die. A pathologist said he would have bled to death if he hadn’t drowned first.”

Gold was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

In April 2015, Gold was sentenced to almost two years in prison after pleading guilty to robbing a Kelowna bank.

In 2012, he served six months behind bars in connection with a robbery in Victoria, while also compiling assault and theft convictions in Sydney.

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