The RCMP is investigating after a woman’s body was found on Wednesday, June 9, at a home in Naramata.
It is the third homicide investigation in Naramata in the last month after the bodies of brothers Carlo and Erick Fryer of Kamloops were discovered on May 10 in a remote location in the Naramata Creek area.
Police discovered the woman’s body at a home in the 3900-block of 3 Street in Naramata just before 5 p.m. on Wednesday while investigating the murders of the Fryer brothers.
RCMP Staff Sgt. Janelle Shoihet said officers found the home was insecure, but no one answered the door, so they entered the residence to ensure the well-being of the occupants. Once inside, the body of an adult woman was discovered. Shoihet said her death is being investigated as a homicide.
Police believe the woman’s death and the deaths of Carlo and Erick Fryer to be targeted acts related to drug and gang activities.
“Investigators from the Southeast District Major Crime and BC RCMP Major Crime units are working closely and sharing information regularly given the links between today’s and last month’s homicides,” RCMP Supt. Sanjaya Wijayakoon said.
“The investigation into the May deaths of Erick and Carlos Fryer is progressing and we know that their deaths were not a random act and likely connected to local drug and gang activities.”
Last month, police said they didn’t believe the brothers murders were connected to gang activity in the Lower Mainland.
While a preliminary identification of the woman has been completed, investigators are continuing to work with the BC Coroners Service. The homicide scene has been secured and investigators, along with forensic specialists, will be on site to gather any evidence.
“We know that news of another homicide in the community of Naramata will be concerning,” said Supt. Brian Hunter of the Penticton RCMP. “These appear to be targeted acts and this type of violence, related to drug and gang activities, is not normal in our community. Additional police resources have been brought into the area and you can expect to see a higher police presence in the days ahead. Now is the time for anyone with information to come forward.”
Anyone who has information, or may have dash cam or other video footage, is asked to contact the Southeast District Major Crime tipline at 1-877-987-8477.
Following the brothers’ murders in May, stepmother Dawn March told KTW by email:
“Carlo and Erick Fryer were beloved family members. Erick was kind, generous, athletic and the first person to help his family and friends. He was the big brother that all his siblings wanted to hang out with. He was a son, grandson, brother, uncle, nephew and solid friend.
“Carlo was sweet, gentle and an all-star ball player. He was a loving husband and a wonderful father. He was a son, grandson, brother, uncle, nephew and solid friend.
“Our family is devastated by this tragic loss and wants the boys to be remembered as the happy and amazing family members that they were.”