One year later: No updates in death of Vernon teen found on farm

Traci Genereaux’s remains were discovered on a Shuswap farm owned by Curtis Wayne Sagmoen’s father

It’s been a year since the body of 18-year-old Traci Genereaux was discovered on a Silver Creek property, and police remain tight-lipped about the investigation into her death.

“As with all unsolved homicide matters, the investigation into Traci’s death remains as an active priority investigation,” said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.

RELATED: Remains at Silver Creek farm those of missing Vernon teen

The farm where Genereaux’s remains were discovered is owned by the father of Curtis Wayne Sagmoen.

Sagmoen has been charged with six offences related to an August 2017 incident involving a sex trade worker near Falkland. He has also been charged with assault causing bodily harm relating to a 2013 incident in Maple Ridge.

He is currently in custody and a bail hearing that will determine his release is ongoing in Vernon.

No charges have been laid in connection with Genereaux’s death.

RELATED: Genereaux remembered fondly

RCMP descended on the property in the Shuswap, Oct. 19, 2017, to conduct a massive multi-day search that required dozens of investigators and a heavy contingent of heavy-duty equipment.

Human remains were discovered a few days later.

At the time five women – Caitlin Potts, Ashley Simpson, Deanna Wertz, Traci Generaux and Nicole Bell – were missing from the North Okanagan area. Ashley Simpson’s identification was discovered last month in northern B.C. in tank of a sewage vacuum truck.

RELATED: Driver’s licence of missing Ashley Simpson found in northern BC

During the property search Laurie Nixon, Generaux’s mother, told media that RCMP were requesting DNA to investigate long-time missing persons files and the request was not related to the Silver Creek farm search.

As the days progressed other families of the missing women in the area were also asked for a DNA sample.

Then on Nov. 1, police announced the remains they had discovered on the Sagmoen property were that of Genereaux.

While police continued to search the farm, Cpl. Moskaluk appealed to the public to help officers establish a timeline of events leading up to and following Generaux’s last known contact in Vernon on May 29.

At the same time Sagmoen appeared in a Vernon court on the following, disguising face with the intent to commit offence, intentionally discharging a firearm while reckless, uttering threats, careless use or storage of a firearm, possessing a weapon for dangerous purpose and possession of controlled substance.

RELATED: Sagmoen arraignment held over until January

Protesters gathered outside the courthouse to raise attention to the issue of violence against women.

After a few weeks after discovering human remains on the Sagmoen property police called off their search, with all police personnel and equipment vacating the farm.

RELATED: RCMP call off search at Silver Creek farm

Police returned to the property in December 2017, and an area resident who wished to remain anonymous, spoke to the media, saying the police were seen on the farm and heavy machinery could be heard working in the area. They couldn’t confirm if it was being operated by police.

It appeared the heavy machinery was being used to fix an area dug up by police during their search of the farm, in accordance with fisheries regulations.

That was the last time RCMP released any information on their investigation into the Sagmoen property or the death of Genereaux.

RELATED: Sagmoen back in court

RELATED: Man linked to B.C. human remains probe denied bail in unrelated assault case


@Jen_zee
jen.zielinski@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Police recover $12,700 in stolen pet food from North Shuswap property

Chase RCMP execute third search of property where stolen vehicles, illegal firearms seized

Highway 1 closed to due fatal accident east of Revelstoke

A dump truck lost control and the driver was ejected

Okanagan society sends seniors, shut-ins on boat excursions

Okanagan Quality Life Society has been providing Okanagan Lake boat rides for nearly 30 years

Shuswap woman strikes gold at masters bowling nationals

Chase’s Helen Dalin won 15 of 21 matches on way to singles gold medal and third-place Team BC finish

Salmon Arm to stay the course on plastic bag ban

City’s mayor sees good news in BC Court of Appeal decision against Victoria bylaw

Kelowna’s Okanagan Regional Library may not look like the one you grew up with!

New technology and arts programming transforms library operations

Olympic softball qualifier gets $150K boost from provincial government

2019 Americas Qualifier to be held in Surrey from Aug. 25-Sept. 1

Gas price inquiry questions Trans Mountain capacity, company denies collusion

The first of up to four days of oral hearings in the inquiry continue in Vancouver

Okanagan woman heads up college foundation board

Gladys Fraser of Vernon brings experience to role as chair of Okanagan College Foundation board

Stolen car now returned to Summerland dealership

Vehicle was stolen on same day as attempted carjacking incident

‘Benzos’ and fentanyl a deadly cocktail causing a growing concern on B.C. streets

Overdoses caused by benzodiazepines can’t be reversed with opioid-overdose antidote naloxone

Rock the Lake music festival in Okanagan nears Saturday night sellout

Aug. 10th show is nearly sold out and three-day weekend passes are almost gone as well

Hergott: Medical cannabis and ICBC

ICBC might start reimbursing the expense of cannabis just like they do for prescription medications

Will you be celebrating national hotdog day with any of these crazy flavours?

The popularity of hotdogs spans generations, cultures

Most Read