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Suspect in roadside killings in Kootenays found dead: Creston RCMP

Last Updated Jan 7, 2021 at 10:21 pm PDT

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A man and woman were killed Wednesday near Creston

The man suspected in the double homicide has now been found dead, according to RCMP

SALMO (NEWS 1130) — The suspect wanted in the stabbing deaths of two people along Highway 3 in the Kootenays has been found dead, according to police.

A man and a woman were found seriously injured at a pullout near Summit Creek Bridge on Wednesday, according to a statement from the Creston RCMP.

“Police learned that both victims had been stabbed by a suspect who reportedly fled the scene in a motor vehicle associated to one of the victims,” reads a release issued Wednesday.

The man, a 40-year-old from Calgary, died at the scene. The 25-year-old woman, who was from the West Kootenays, died in hospital.

On Thursday, the stolen car was found in Salmo, and a man was found dead in a hotel in that village.

“Investigators, in partnership with the BC Coroners Service have now determined, the man whom officers were searching for in relation to the double homicide, is the man found dead in Salmo on Thursday morning. Criminality is not suspected,” according to a statement.

We can appreciate this is not the outcome the victims’ families may have hoped for but we hope this news brings them comfort in their grief.

The identities of the victims and the suspect are not being released.