Traci Genereaux

Traci Genereaux

Police piece together final days of teen found dead on farm

RCMP address rumours, misinformation about their investigation at Silver Creek farm

The RCMP are renewing their request for information in the case of Traci Genereaux, whose remains were confirmed discovered at a Silver Creek farm on Oct. 21.

Related: Remains at Silver Creek farm those of missing Vernon teen

In an interview with the Observer, Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says police are anxious to establish a timeline of events leading up to and following her last known contact in Vernon on May 29.

“I would implore people to consider the Genereaux family and what they are going through with the loss of Traci,” he says. “There may be people with information who are reluctant to talk to police, but I would ask them to look outside themselves and come forward with information, no matter how inconsequential. It could be the linchpin in moving this investigation forward.”

Moskaluk says the RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit continues to investigate the discovery of human remains and adds the investigation is “ongoing and fluid.”

He notes no criminal charges have been laid in relation to Genereaux’s death.

“The identification of the remains found are those of Traci Genereaux. We also can confirm that the remains we have been referencing since Oct. 21st are those of one individual, that being Traci Genereaux, as we confirmed yesterday,” he said. “At this point, the remains located are the remains of Traci Genereaux.”

While Genereaux’s family members, and the families of some of the other missing women in the area, have confirmed the collection of DNA samples, Moskaluk says police have never stated how the identification of the remains were made.

Related: Family of missing Vernon woman provides DNA

“An autopsy was conducted, the coroner confirmed the identification of the remains, period.”

Moskaluk says the collection of DNA samples from family members is an investigative tool used by police in many instances, but the timing of obtaining DNA samples is unique to each specific case.

The search of the Salmon River Road site remains active and ongoing. Moskaluk says given the size of the 24-acre property, the number of outbuildings and various items at this location, additional resources and equipment have been brought in order to conduct a thorough search of this property in the most efficient manner.

He notes a recent search of a Salmon Arm neighbourhood by officers based out of Surrey does not indicate there is a link to possible crimes originating in that area.

“What we are doing is we are bringing in appropriate resources to deal with this or any other ongoing investigation.”

He also dispels reports listening devices were placed on the Sagmoen farm at 2290 Salmon River Rd. in advance of the search warrant.

“That’s misinformation,” he says. “There were no listening devices placed prior to the search.”

Moskaluk did confirm the RCMP’s underwater recovery dive team has been conducting searches of the Salmon River, which flows through the Sagmoen farm.

“As this body of water flows directly through the property where we are conducting the search it would only make sense we would be searching any body of water, standing or flowing, that is there.”

Related: Backhoe used in search of Silver Creek property

Moskaluk says the owners of the Silver Creek property have been cooperative with police.

Property information indicate the land is owned by Wayne Sagmoen, and neighbours have told the Observer that Wayne and his spouse Evelyn reside on the property.

“They vacated the property, and the livestock that was on the property at the beginning of the search has been transported off the property to receive the care they need.”

Anyone who may have seen Genereaux or have any information are asked to call the police tipline at 1-877-987-8477.


@SalmonArm
newsroom@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk, RCMP spokesperson

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk, RCMP spokesperson

Just Posted

West Coast General Hospital in Port Alberni received some good news about an expansion to its emergency department on Jan. 15, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
B.C. health ministry commits $6.25M to hospital expansion in Port Alberni

Plans for larger emergency department have been on hold since 2015

A Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation guardian took this photo of dozens of vehicles parked along a forest service road in the Kennedy watershed. (Submitted photo)
Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District looks at enforcement of illegal camping

ACRD currently does not have an existing bylaw service to tackle the issue

Ucluelet local Geoff Johnson snapped this photo of a Risso’s dolphin that washed up near Chesterman Beach in Tofino on Wednesday, Jan. 13. (Geoff Johnson photo)
Washed up Risso’s dolphin offers glimpse into “whole other world” near Tofino

“It’s like a UFO crash landed and you can come look at it.”

(B.C. government)
POLL QUESTION: Would you report a neighbour in breach of COVID-19 regulations?

Would you report a neighbour in breach of COVID-19 regulations? READ MORE:… Continue reading

A scene from “Canada and the Gulf War: In their own words,” a video by The Memory Project, a program of Historica Canada, is shown in this undated illustration. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Historica Canada
New video marks Canada’s contributions to first Gulf War on 30th anniversary

Veterans Affairs Canada says around 4,500 Canadian military personnel served during the war

A 17-year-old snowmobiler used his backcountry survival sense in preparation to spend the night on the mountain near 100 Mile House Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 after getting lost. (South Cariboo Search and Rescue Facebook photo)
Teen praised for backcountry survival skills after getting lost in B.C.’s Cariboo mountains

“This young man did everything right after things went wrong.”

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole holds a press conference on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on December 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
No place for ‘far right’ in Conservative Party, Erin O’Toole says

O’Toole condemned the Capitol attack as ‘horrifying’ and sought to distance himself and the Tories from Trumpism

A passer by walks in High Park, in Toronto, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. This workweek will kick off with what’s fabled to be the most depressing day of the year, during one of the darkest eras in recent history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
‘Blue Monday’ getting you down? Exercise may be the cure, say experts

Many jurisdictions are tightening restrictions to curb soaring COVID-19 case counts

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
COVID-19: Provinces work on revised plans as Pfizer-BioNTech shipments to slow down

Anita Anand said she understands and shares Canadians’ concerns about the drug company’s decision

Tourists take photographs outside the British Columbia Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday August 26, 2011. A coalition of British Columbia tourism industry groups is urging the provincial government to not pursue plans to ban domestic travel to fight the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. travel ban will harm struggling tourism sector, says industry coalition

B.C. government would have to show evidence a travel ban is necessary

(Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
‘Targeted’ shooting in Coquitlam leaves woman in hospital

The woman suffered non-life threatening injuries in what police believe to be a targeted shooting Saturday morning

Everett Bumstead (centre) and his crew share a picture from a tree planting location in Sayward on Vancouver Island from when they were filming for ‘One Million Trees’ last year. Photo courtesy, Everett Bumstead.
The tree-planting life on Vancouver Island featured in new documentary

Everett Bumstead brings forth the technicalities, psychology and politics of the tree planting industry in his movie

JaHyung Lee, “Canada’s oldest senior” at 110 years old, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. He lives at Amenida Seniors Community in Newton. (Submitted photo: Amenida Seniors Community)

Most Read