In an image taken on Wednesday, Oct. 25, more tents and large lights and a device for sifting soil has now been set up on a property at 2290 Salmon River Road. -Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer

Update: RCMP call off search at Silver Creek farm

Police say investigation into the death of 18-year-old Traci Genereaux continues.

Just a day after police reduced their search at a Silver Creek farm, stating they would be continuing their investigation at the property, the search hasended.

On Thursday afternoon, Nov. 9, the RCMP Southeast District Major Crimes Unit issued a news release stating the search of the Sagmoen farm at 2290Salmon River Road is complete, with all police personnel and equipment vacating the property.

“The property was turned over to the owners, midday today, and it is asked that the media and general public respect the owners’ property and privacy,”stated Cpl Dan Moskaluk.

Related link: Police comment on search effort

However, the investigation into the death of 18-year-old Traci Genereaux, whose remains were found on the property on Oct. 21, continues, police say.

The search of the property began on Oct. 19, with police vehicles, large command units, white tents, black privacy fencing and many forensic investigatorscombing through different areas of the property, digging and sifting through dirt. One day police in scuba diving gear could be seen in and around SilverCreek, which runs through the 24-acre property.

The farm is owned by the father of Curtis Wayne Sagmoen, who has been charged with six offences stemming from an August incident involving a sex tradeworker near Falkland.

Related link: Silver Creek RCMP search expands north

Sagmoen recently appeared in court on charges including intentionally discharging a firearm and uttering threats to a sex trade worker. He remains incustody, with his next appearance scheduled for Nov. 23.

“No charges have been laid in connection with Traci’s death which is being treated as suspicious,” said Moskaluk in an earlier news release. “An autopsy hasbeen completed the results of which will not be released.”

Related link: Few answers emerge as search continues

Through the course of the investigation on the property, there has been plenty of speculation of who the human remains were. Five women includingGenereaux have gone missing from the area in the past year. They include Ashley Simpson, Deanna Wertz, Caitlin Potts and Nicole Bell.

Genereaux was last heard from on May 29 in Vernon, and was reported missing to police June 9.

According to court records, Sagmoen was stopped by Vernon RCMP on the same day Genereaux was last heard from for vehicle-related offenses. He wasissued motor vehicle violations on May 29 for headlight infractions, vehicle lamps not equal to the original manufacturer’s and failure to have tail lamps.

Now that the identification has been confirmed, the RCMP have been seeking the public’s assistance in any information that can help advance theinvestigation into the disappearance and death of Genereaux.

“We are seeking to establish a timeline of Traci’s activities on the days leading up to and after Monday May 29, which was reported to police as being thelast known date of when she was last heard from in Vernon,” Moskaluk had explained.

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

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marthawickett@saobserver.net

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