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A body found along a beach during a fire call on Mission Flats is under investigation for homicide, Kamloops police have confirmed.
The deceased has been identified as Adam Hibbert, a 29-year-old Kamloops resident.
Kamloops firefighters came across Hibbert’s body while responding to a suspicious fire off Mission Flats Road, along the shore of the Thompson River and near the entrance to the City of Kamloops landfill, October 1.
RCMP officers were called at around 4:15 p.m. and, at the time, police were unable to identify the deceased, but have now confirmed the identity of the victim.
“Members of the Serious Crimes Unit, Forensic Identification Section and other specialized units have been working tirelessly on this investigation since the body was found on Friday and the evidence gathered so far has revealed that the death was homicide, ”said Staff Sgt. Nestor Baird said in a statement. “We know it was not a random event and that there is no risk to the public.”
RCMP spokeswoman Crystal Evelyn told KTW the cause of death and the reason behind it are under investigation.
Police are releasing Hibbert’s name and photo to further the investigation. Anyone who has interacted with him or is aware of his movements on Thursday, September 30 or Friday, October 1 is asked to call the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.
“In investigations like this, the public’s first advice and information can be crucial,” Baird said. “If anyone has CCTV, cell phone, or dash cam that may have captured anything suspicious in the Mission Flats area or any information about the victim’s interactions prior to their murder, please let us know. as soon as possible.”
This would be the second homicide of 2021 in Kamloops. A man in his 20s was shot dead at the downtown Howard Johnson Inn on February 13. No arrests have been made to date in connection with the murder, which police believe is linked to the city’s low-level drug trafficking and a murder in which the victim knew his killer.
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