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The RCMP and B.C. Coroners Service are continuing a search of a rural property in the North Okanagan where human remains were recently found.
This is occurring after five women went missing in the Vernon-Sicamous area in less than two years.

The property is in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road between Vernon and Salmon Arm.

Police have made no connection between the discovery of human remains and the missing women.
One of those who went missing in April 2016 was Ashley Marie Simpson. Her father, John Simpson, told CBC News that she was going to hitchhike from Salmon Arm back to the family home in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. She never arrived.

Ashley Simpson
In March 2016, the RCMP sought the public's help in finding Caitlin Potts, a 27-year-old last heard from on February 22, 2016. She moved to the North Okanagan in 2015 from Alberta. She's also never been found.

Caitlin Potts
Deanna Wertz, 46, went missing in July 2016. She was last seen at her home in Enderby.

Deanna Wertz
Traci Genereaux, an 18-year-old Vernon resident, was last heard from on May 29. And a 31-year-old woman, Nicole Bell, disappeared in September.  

Nicole Bell

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Father's fears deepen over missing Okanagan teen

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Caitlin Potts, 27, was last in contact with her family on Feb. 22, 2016.

One of the five Okanagan women who vanished recently was in Vernon the same day as a man who lives on the farm where police are searching for human remains, court records show.

Traci Genereaux, 18, was last seen in Vernon on May 29, and legal documents indicate Curtis Wayne Sagmoen was also in Vernon that same day.

“It could mean nothing, but it could also mean quite a bit,” Traci’s emotional dad, Darcy Genereaux, said Thursday.

“I just hope she’s safe and happy somewhere, and does not become a statistic here.”

Last week, the Sagmoen family farm near Salmon Arm became the site of a massive RCMP investigation after detectives made the grim discovery of human remains on the property.

Sagmoen faces no charges in relation to the remains.

He was arrested last week, though, after a sex worker said she was allegedly threatened Aug. 28 with a shotgun near the farm at 2290 Salmon River Road, near Silver Creek. 

Five women have disappeared over the last 20 months along a 75 km stretch between Sicamous and Vernon. The Sagmoen farm is in the middle of that area.
RCMP continue to say there is nothing to link the human remains on the farm with the missing women, although their families remain concerned.

Two of the missing women, Deanna Wertz and Ashley Simpson, lived very near the Sagmoen farm. A third, Caitlin Potts, was believed to have been in Enderby, a town close to the farm, the day she vanished.

Genereaux lived in Vernon, about 40 km away.

Court records show Sagmoen was stopped by police in Vernon on May 29, the day Genereaux disappeared, and charged with some vehicle infractions, including problems with his headlights and tail lights.

The court records do not say what type of vehicle Sagmoen was driving. Postmedia could not find any vehicle ownership documents for Sagmoen.
Traci’s friend Robert Zimmerman said he saw the teenager talking to the driver of a white service van in an alley near the old bottle depot on May 29, and then get into the vehicle. It was a white panel van with a company logo on the back, but he could not remember the name.

Zimmerman did not recognize the driver and made a report to police.
“I think the world of the girl,” Zimmerman said of Traci, who he described as a lovely young woman who was struggling a bit in life.

Concerned about the police search at the Sagmoen farm, Darcy Genereaux contacted the RCMP on Saturday for an update on his daughter’s case. 
“I asked if this had anything to do with Traci, but the officer said as of right now she can’t tell me anything,” Genereaux said.

“I’m dying here … She’s daddy’s little girl.”

On Thursday, Sagmoen made his second appearance in court via teleconference to face the charges laid in connection with the alleged August attack: disguising his face with intent to commit an offence, intentionally discharging a firearm, pointing a firearm, uttering threats, careless use or storage of a firearm and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
He was also charged with possessing methamphetamine, on Sept. 5.
Sagmoen remains in custody. It will be up to his defence lawyer to decide whether to request bail when he returns to court Nov. 23, said crown attorney Juan O’Quinn.

On the day Darcy Genereaux last saw his daughter, May 29, Traci left his house to pick up a telescope from her mother, who lives nearby in Vernon.
He said the teenager never went longer than 48 hours without contacting one of her parents, or posting on her many social media accounts.

“She hasn’t been on any sites since that day,” Genereaux said.

He claimed his family had to make three missing person reports before police would publicize her disappearance. Traci has had troubles in the past with police, and he believes that tainted the RCMP response to her case.
“She was off the beaten path, but was back on the good road and had been there for a while,” he said.

Traci, who broke her spine in a car accident on Christmas Eve but was recovering, had once worked in the sex trade. Genereaux, though, wants his daughter with the big blue eyes to be remembered instead for the improvements she made in her life in recent years.

“She was a wonderful little girl. She was always laughing and joking and making funny little sounds. She’d brighten up the room,” he said.
“I’m still trying to keep as positive as I can.”

RCMP escalated their search of the Sagmoen farm Wednesday, bringing in more investigators, heavy equipment for digging and microwaves and a coffee maker, indicating the possibility of a lengthy investigation.

Thursday, detectives continued to comb the property for evidence. Livestock had been removed from the site and a representative from a firm that supplies mobile mining equipment paid investigators a visit.

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said Wednesday that the remains haven’t yet been identified.

Moskaluk said police don’t yet have a timeline for the investigation, and that investigators are keeping families of the missing women apprised of developments. 

Vancouver lawyer Lisa Jean Helps, who is representing Sagmoen, would not comment Thursday on his court appearance, well-being and whereabouts, or say anything about his family.

“Of course, this matter will be dealt with in the justice system, in due course, and we wait for that,” she said. 


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A farm near Salmon Arm, where police have expanded their weeklong search for more human remains, is the subject of intense scrutiny by worried British Columbians, especially the families of five women missing from the area.
But the man who appears to be at the centre of this search — Curtis Wayne Sagmoen, 37, the son of farm owners Wayne and Evelyn Sagmoen — remains mostly a mystery.

“I didn’t even know he (Curtis) existed ’til the last week or two,” said one neighbour who has lived near the Sagmoens for a long time.

Scenes from the Sagmoen farm in Silver Creek B.C. where police are conducting an investigation. Human remains have been discovered on the farm. Nick Eagland / PNG

So, what do we know about the subject of this high-profile RCMP probe?
Sagmoen was employed as a piledriver and bridgeman, work that involves construction or repair of bridges, docks and wharfs, according to the union that represents these workers. The union would not speak to Postmedia for this story.

He has not been working, though, since his arrest last week after an escort was allegedly threatened Aug. 28 with a shotgun near the Sagmoen farm at 2290 Salmon River Rd. 

On that morning, neighbours Steve Langenegger and Ted Edes found a grey Mazda with its engine still running crashed on a small bridge near the Sagmoen farm and two pink slippers lying on the road nearby. Bare footprints were in the sandy soil leading away from the car, which seemed hastily abandoned.
“They (the footprints) were far apart so she must have been running for her life,” Langenegger told Postmedia. He phoned the police.

A month and a half later, Sagmoen was arrested in connection with that incident and charged with disguising his face with intent to commit an offence, intentionally discharging a firearm, pointing a firearm, uttering threats, careless use or storage of a firearm and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
He was also charged with possessing methamphetamine, on Sept. 5.

Police search a farm near Salmon Arm, B.C., on Monday, October 23. Desmond Murray / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Sagmoen is facing no charges in relation to the human remains that police found on the family farm Friday; RCMP brought in more heavy equipment Wednesday to escalate the search, as well as items suggesting officers will be on the property for some time — mobile toilets, coffee makers and microwaves.
Some on Facebook posted that they went to school with Sagmoen in Maple Ridge at Harry Hooge elementary and Thomas Haney Secondary. A few said he was a good friend at the time. Others spoke of off-roading with him.

Human remains have been found on a rural property near Salmon Arm. Curtis Wayne Sagmoen, 36-year-old man, is the son of the property owners and was recently arrested after allegedly threatening a sex-trade worker near the farm. Martha Wickett / Salmon Arm Observer

Property records show Sagmoen lived in Maple Ridge in the 10800 block of 248 St. with one of his brothers in 2004. Later, he moved to a townhouse on Gilker Hill Road, where he appeared to live until 2013, when CIBC filed a mortgage foreclosure petition.

In 2013, there were two assaults against women on a trail near this townhouse.
Southeast District spokesman Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said he was not aware of any recent communication between investigators at the Sagmoen farm and investigators in Maple Ridge.

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk speaks outside of the Sagmoen farm. PNG
On his own Facebook site, Sagmoen has “liked” more than two dozen sites featuring scantily clad women, as well as a few about vehicles. The Facebook groups he follows range from heavy equipment operator jobs to horses for sale to “bikini girls.”

In recent years, neighbours said Sagmoen lived intermittently with his parents on the Salmon River Road farm. In May, the local newspaper ran a photograph of him helping with sandbags during efforts to stop local properties from flooding.

RCMP continued to say Wednesday that no link has yet been made between the search of the farm and the five women who have disappeared from communities near the farm over the last 20 months.

Caitlin Potts, 27, was last seen Feb. 22, 2016. There are unsubstantiated reports she was dropped off outside Enderby that day, about 28 km from the Sagmoen farm. 

Ashley Simpson, 32, and Deanna Wertz, 46, were neighbours on the next county road over from the Sagmoen farm. They vanished in April and July of 2016, respectively. 

Along the 75-kilometre stretch between Vernon and Sicamous, at least five women – Deanna Wertz (left), Ashley Simpson, Caitlin Potts, Nicole Bell, and Traci Genereaux – have vanished in the last 20 months.
Traci Genereaux, 18, disappeared from Vernon in May, and Nicole Bell of Malakwa, 31, has not been heard from since Sept. 2.

Earlier this month, police issued a warning to sex trade workers after releasing details about the August attack. One of the missing women, Potts, has been identified as a sex-worker by her family. Relatives of two others, Wertz and Bell, say they were not sex workers.

Edes, the Sagmoen’s neighbour, said sex trade workers had mistakenly visited his property.

“Those ladies were always coming out to my address, that’s what I was curious about,” said Edes, 80, who’s lived in this area all his life.

“When we found the car, I thought ‘now we have something we can go to the police about, now there’s something concrete.’”

Those in the area, he said, considered the Sagmoens a pleasant family who’d often be seen tending or riding their horses.

“I used to let them ride their horses through my land … this (Curtis Sagmoen) was the middle boy, he liked horses,” said Edes.

Sagmoen has been remanded in custody and his next appearance in Vernon court is on Thursday.

On Wednesday afternoon, Cpl. Moskaluk told reporters that the discovery of the human remains is still being treated as suspicious.

He said police can’t provide information about how many bodies were found until those remains are identified.

“We can appreciate the families that are affected by ongoing missing persons investigations and are aware of them being impacted by what’s going on here today,” he said.

Moskaluk said those families are being updated as the investigation expands.
He provided no details related to the events or evidence that spurred the massive police presence on the farm, saying a sealed warrant prevented him from doing so.

But the size of the farm — more than 24 acres — as well as number of buildings and objects on site, warranted the need for additional equipment to be brought in, along with forensic detectives, he said.

Police do not know how long the investigation will take.

— With files from the Calgary Sun

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Nicole Bell, 32, was last seen in Sicamous Sept. 2, 2017.
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November 10, 2017 - 6:30 PM
SHUSWAP - A Shuswap woman who vanished two months ago is someone who would do anything for her kids and makes new friends wherever she goes, family and friends devastated by her disappearance say.

Nicole Bell, 32, of Malakwa, was last seen on Sept. 2 in Sicamous. A mother of three, Bell is described as an upbeat lover of the outdoors — always up for fishing or camping with the kids.

“She puts all her focus on her kids. She loves to do lots of things with them and watch them grow,” her best friend Nicholas Weal, 32, of Calgary, says.
Weal met Bell in Grade 3 and they stayed close ever since, even after Bell moved to Saskatchewan, and then to B.C. a few years ago.

“I’d be in touch with her every week. She’s always been there for me, and I was for her,” Weal says.

When he first heard she’d been reported missing, he held on to the idea that perhaps she had just gone away for a few days.

“As the time went on, and the weeks passed, it just was not like her to not contact myself, her family or her husband,” Weal says. “She’s a loving person. Everywhere she went she made friends. For something like this to happen or to think somebody did something to her… it’s been hard.”

The emotional stress and worry has only escalated with ongoing news reports of other missing women in the area, and a large-scale police search of a property in Silver Creek, about a 40 minute drive from Sicamous where she was last seen.

Nicole Bell
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“Seeing her face all over the news on that farm thing… that was hard for a lot of us to see,” he says. “We’re looking for hope and we’re looking for answers. We’re trying to take things positive and not go into the negative.”

Police have never connected Bell’s disappearance to the police search on Salmon River Road where Vernon teen Traci Genereaux was found dead. Police have also never drawn any links between the five missing person cases,
although media outlets at the local and national level have highlighted the cases heavily in recent weeks. Police have since completed their investigation at Salmon River Road and say they continue to investigate Genereaux’s death. No suspects have been named.

Bell’s husband declined a telephone interview for this story. Her mother also declined, but sent a written statement about her daughter.

“The day you were born, you had everybody's hearts. With your cute smile, little toes and fingers. Even from a baby girl into adulthood you can light up a room and make everyone welcome,” Jane Aubertin wrote.

Aubertin also shared several write-ups from friends and family who know Nicole. Those posts describe her as a wonderful mother, sister, wife and friend with an amazing personality and heart of gold.

“Nicole loved children,” one friend said. “When we were young she’d talk about getting married and planning her future. Her children were everything to her. Family was her life.”

Her sister Angela Dendekker recounts how Nicole protected her from bullies at school and was always just a call away when she needed her. Her favourite holidays were Halloween and birthdays, says her sister. Nicole’s 32nd birthday came and went on Nov. 2, a date her friends and family hoped she would be located by. Now, they say their Christmas wish is to have her home.

They are pleading with anyone who has information about Bell’s case to report it to police.

“She’s a mother. She’s a friend. She’s an aunt. She’s a wife. She’s my friend. If anybody has any information, please come forward,” Weal says. “I want people to know how great a person she is, how big her heart is. There are a lot of people that love her and miss her.”

Bell is described as Caucasian, 4'11" with blonde hair past her shoulders. She has a piercing in her nose and above her upper lip and occasionally wears glasses.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Nicole Bell is asked to contact the Sicamous RCMP at 250-836-2878 or Crime Stoppers if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 quoting file number 2017-1401.