The family of Traci Genereaux has confirmed her remains were found on a farm in Salmon Arm, British Columbia.
The 18-year-old was last seen in Vernon, B.C. in May.
She was one five women to disappear in the region in the past 20 months.
Genereaux’s parents said they gave blood samples for DNA testing last week. At the time they were hopeful their missing daughter was still alive.
But Wednesday they learned the devastating truth of what RCMP had found during a massive search of the farm.
Police have been at the 10-hectare property for more than a week.
Witnesses said heavy equipment and dogs have been seen working there.
They also said a lake was also part of the search.
“My condolences go out to the family,” said Jody Leon, who lives in nearby Splatsin First Nation and organized ground searches for the missing women and a candlelight vigil.
“I feel more than ever we need to stand even stronger for the remaining families who also would like answers.”
People who knew Genereaux were posting messages on Facebook Wednesday night.
“My heart goes out to the family of Traci Genereaux,” Lee-Ann Worden-Breitkreutz wrote. “I remember Traci and her siblings from West Vernon and Traci also went to high school with my girls.
“No one should have to go through what her family is going through… I am so sorry for your loss.”
Owners of the property have been kept away and their son is in custody on unrelated charges.
He makes another court appearance on Nov.23.
No charges have been laid in relation to the discovery of Genereaux.
The other women missing in the North Okanagan are Deanna Wertze, Ashley Simpson, Caitlin Potts and Nicole Bell. They disappeared between February 2016 and September 2017.
Police collected DNA from Simpson’s father, John, a year ago, he told APTN News earlier this week.
Simpson, who lives in Ontario, raised money and shipped two drones last month to Leon to aid in the search for his daughter.
“I would like to call for justice for Traci and for answers for Ashley, Deanna, Caitlin and Nicole,” Leon added. “Of this horrible situation I call on everyone to become an advocate to end violence against all women.”
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