Five women went missing in North Okanagan since early last year; no links established to search of rural property

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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