Update: Victim identified as Kathleen Richardson – RCMP locate a deceased female while investigating a May double homicide in Naramata

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On June 9th RCMP attended a residence in the 3940 3rd Street in Naramata in relation to the May double homicide of Erick and Carlo Fryer.

When police arrived at the home they noticed it was insecure, and nobody answered the door. Police entered the home to find a deceased woman. Her identity and case of death have not been released, however, police said they are investigating her death as a homicide.

Supt. Sanjaya Wijayakoon said “Investigators from the SED Major Crime and BC RCMP Major Crime units are working closely and sharing information regularly given the links between today’s and last month’s homicides” she continued “The investigation into the May deaths of Erick and Carlos Fryer is progressing and we know that their deaths were not a random act and likely connected to local drug and gang activities.”

 CFSEU-BC’s Uniformed Gang Enforcement Team (UGET) is in Naramata and the neighbouring communities to assist Penticton RCMP and the SED Major Crime investigators in gathering intelligence and other enforcement action.

Anyone who has information, or may have dash cam or other video footage is asked to contact the tip line at 1-877-987-8477.

Update June 12th
RCMP have identified the deceased as 57-year-old Kathleen Richardson. Richardson operated a hair salon in her home where she was found deceased. She was also a volunteer firefighter with the Naramata Fire Department.

RCMP said “Investigators continue to believe Kathleen’s death is related to the double homicide which occurred last month. All are likely connected to local drug and gang activities and the additional police resources supporting the investigations will remain in the area.”

Anyone who has any information about Kathleen’s death or the deaths of Erick and Carlos Fryer is asked to contact the RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit tipline at 1-877-987-8477.