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RCMP expand Salmon Arm farm search in B.C. interior


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Investigators are continuing to search multiple locations near Salmon Arm, B.C., after a grisly discovery Oct. 21.

More than 50 people came from all over the Okanagan Wednesday night after learning about the human remains. They held a candlelight vigil in honour of five women who have gone missing within a 55-km radius of here.

The missing women are Caitlyn Potts, who was last seen in February 2016; Ashley Simpson, who disappeared in April 2016; Deanna Wertz who disappeared in July 2016; Traci Genereaux, who vanished in May of 2017; and Nicole Bell, last seen in September 2017.

RCMP are digging at a farm in Silver Creek, about 10 km outside Salmon Arm. They have not confirmed if any of the missing women have been found.

“We don’t know the answers as to what has happened but it is something horrific that has happened within Splatsin Nation territory,” said band member Jody Leon.

Last August, police were called after a sex trade worker says she was threatened at gunpoint on the property by a man named Curtis Sagmoen. He’s currently facing six charges in relation to that incident.

Sagmoen was living on the farm owned by his parents. Two other locations are also being searched.

Bernie Williams, a Vancouver-based advocate for families of murdered and missing Indigenous women, came to show her support.

“It’s very devastating to hear that with the national inquiry happening…women are still murdered or missing,” said Williams, whose mother and two sisters were murdered on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

The search in the B.C. Interior is being called the largest police-scale operation in the southern Okanagan.

Ryan McDonald lives near the property that’s being dug up. He says it’s making him uneasy.

“The creep factor of it, right?”

Sagmoen remains in custody in Vernon.



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5 Responses to “RCMP expand Salmon Arm farm search in B.C. interior”

  1. saomoshiroi@gmail.com'
    nimakokaaz October 29, 2017 at 10:17 am #

    sex work is work, and trafficking is not sex work, it’s slavery. the terms are different for a reason.

    if you’re not prepared to address why so many of us choose sex work over harder and more demeaning work for even less pay, or over racist employers who abuse and assault us if they even hire us in the first place, don’t presume to speak for us on the matter of sex work, street trade work, or any other term we prefer to the slurs we’ve had to train media out of using.


    • joannehusak123@gmail.com'
      Joe October 30, 2017 at 3:56 pm #

      I can’t think of any type of work that would be more demeaning than sex work.

  2. Fruits_of_life@hotmail.com'
    D Wilson October 27, 2017 at 11:51 am #

    The narrative and term sex trade worker by media and others seems optically inappropriate as though people grow up and chose this as a profession of choice. The majority of people who fall victim to sexual exploitation, human trafficking and or vulnerable to exploitation and violence are: female, poor, have a history of violence and neglect, a history of child sex abuse and a low level of education, among many other factors.

    • staceyfranklyn@hotmail.com'
      Stacey Franklyn October 27, 2017 at 7:38 pm #

      D Wilson 🙂 Thank you. The general public measure their compassion towards such victims as sold to them by the media. A missing wife and mum of two in a middle class, suburban neighbourhood will have the public glued to their tv with thousands of google searches of a concerned population of strangers. But “sex workers ” Need i say more ?
      Opportunity is all the monster needs.

    • lilija.stoeppler@gmx.net'
      Lilo October 28, 2017 at 9:56 pm #

      So very sadly true! The media and others must know and stop using this term! Many people naively use this term and narrative and tell themselves the story of women and girls who deliberately chose this as a profession. With very bad and life-threatening consequences for the ones who prostitute themselves. Let’s start a campaign!