Southeast District B.C. RCMP stated on June 5 that the body of 43-year-old Amy Sabean was located and recovered.
RCMP clarified in a news release that Sabean’s vehicle veered off Ashnola Road and plunged into the Ashnola River, approximately 15 kilometres (nine miles) from the Similkameen River. (The original news release had stated that the vehicle had driven into the Similkameen River.)
B.C. RCMP explained that because the water was moving so fast, the search was extended to the Similkameen River.
Sabean's body was located approximately 14 kilometres (nine miles) downstream of the Ashnola River from the "collision site", and about one kilometre (half a mile) before the point where the Ashnola River enters into the Similkameen River,
"Due to the high risk associated to recovering the deceased from the river’s rapidly flowing waters," B.C. RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey stated, "search and rescue personnel took the time necessary to safely carry out the recovery mission."
Her family has been notified.
The B.C. Coroners Service is launching its own investigation into the death.
Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to contact Keremeos RCMP (250-499-5511).
Original article (June 4):
A search is underway for a woman who was swept away by a river this morning in B.C.’s Southern Interior.
Southeast District RCMP stated in a news release that around 10:45 a.m. today (June 4), 43-year-old Amy Sabean was driving a white Chevrolet Blazer, followed by an associate in a separate vehicle.
On Ashnola Road around the four to five kilometres marker towards Keremeos, a witness saw her drive off the road and into the Similkameen River.
When she tried to get out of her vehicle, she was swept away by the fast-flowing water.
The witness called Keremeos RCMP shortly after 11 a.m. to report what he saw.
A search and rescue crew was immediately deployed, with assistance from RCMP Air 4 and Keremeos Highway Patrol.
Border Agencies have also been alerted as the area is in proximity to the U.S. border.
The search remains ongoing.
RCMP stated that no suspicious activity is suspected.
Anyone who has further information or may have seen anything is asked to contact police.