Curtis Wayne Sagmoen lived at farm where remains found
Human remains were found on a rural property near Salmon Arm B.C., in an area where several women have gone missing.
According to the Vancouver Sun, the search of a farm by the RCMP Southeast District Major Crimes Unit has been unfolding for several days. Police first arrived at 2290 Salmon River Road on Thursday.
Police were also searching a separate strip of land along Springbend Road, between Salmon Arm and Enderby, in conjunction with the search at the Salmon River Road property.
Curtis Wayne Sagmoen, 36-years-old, the son of the farm’s owners was already under police investigation after a woman was threatened with a firearm following a pre-arranged meeting with the man in August. She was able to escape and call police.
Sagmoen, was arrested and released without charges.
On Oct. 13, RCMP issued a warning to the public, specifically to sex workers, in the area.
Sagmoen was re-arrested Friday and was charged with seven offences — including uttering threats and several firearms charges — in connection with the investigation.
According to media reports, Sagmoen, sometimes lived at the Salmon River Rd farm where the remains were found and was previously listed as a co-owner of the property.
On Monday, three kilometres north of the Salmon River Rd farm, officers photographed multiple items roadside before placing them in evidence bags, blocking the items from the view of passing residents.
Several residents joined waiting media roadside during day five of the activity.
By late Monday afternoon, about 20 people from various First Nations gathered for a drum prayer in front of the property.
The news that police found human remains at the site over the weekend follows months of uncertainty and anguish for families of women who have gone missing in the North Okanagan region between Sicamous and Vernon.
CTV News reports, over the past 18 months, at least five women have gone missing in the area. The missing women have been identified as Caitlin Potts, 27, Ashley Simpson, 27, Deanna Wertz, 46, Traci Genereaux, 18, and Nicole Bell, 31.
Police have not described the human remains found at the farm or said whether they are from one or more people. Nor have investigators made any links between the remains and the missing women.
No specific charges have been laid against Sagmoen in connection with the discovery at the farm.
Sagmoen is scheduled to appear in Vernon Provincial Court on Oct. 26.