POLICE: Body of missing swimmer recovered
Police recovered the body of 19-year-old Nicholas Rypien who was missing in the Kettle River since Saturday, July 31. The body was located on Friday, Aug. 6 at the base of Cascade Falls near Christina Lake. RCMP members and Christina Lake Fire and Rescue Service retrieved the body from the river. Rypien’s next of kin have been notified and the B.C. Coroners Service is conducting an investigation.
RCMP discover stolen property On Thursday, Aug. 5 members of the Midway and Grand Forks detachments recovered stolen property from the Lower Mainland when they executed a search warrant in the Rock Creek area. The property recovered included: 2009 Peterbilt semi-tractor stolen from Surrey; 2006 Peterbilt five-ton van from Langley; and a 2005 trailer and John Deere mini-excavator from Burnaby. While the investigation is continuing, a primary suspect from Burnaby is reported as deceased. The total value of the recovered property is estimated at over $250,000. Ongoing investigations Two ATV’s have been stolen from Service BC in the last month. One ATV was recovered along with two dirt bikes at a location in Greenwood but the RCMP are unsure if the items are related. Staff Sergeant Jim Harrison said that there is a continuing investigation into a trend of metal thefts from Trail through the Boundary . “We’ve already recovered some of it and we’ve actually apprehended a couple of people, but the theft is still continuing,” said Harrison. “Mostly in the Greenwood, Midway area.” Harrison said the price of copper has gone up seven cents a pound recently and the thieves are taking the metal into scrap metal dealers and getting cash. He explained that about a month ago the Christina Lake substation was hit and damage was done in an attempt to steal metal, and that homes, empty buildings and even power poles are at risk. “It’s really wide-spread. It’s from Trail right through to Rock Creek we’re having problems with it. They’re stealing it out of houses, the old school in Greenwood had copper piping stripped, and Fortis’ inactive power line being disassembled – they literally stole hundreds of feet of this stuff by cutting down the poles and taking the wire. There have been all sorts of scrap metal thefts going on,” Harrison commented. If you have any information about any of the cases the RCMP welcome your call to: 250-442-8288.