Murder charge laid against man in homicide at Kootenay National Park – Castlegar News
A second degree murder charge has been approved against a man who has been identified as a ‘person of interest’ in the case of a woman found dead on a highway in Kootenay National Park last week.
Philip Toner, was indicted in an Alberta court for his alleged role in the death of Brenda Ware, 35, who was found on Highway 93 northeast of Radium on May 6.
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Toner, 41, appeared in a Kelowna courtroom on Wednesday, where he was remanded in custody for seven days to facilitate a return transfer to Alberta, where the murder allegedly took place, according to a press release from the RCMP.
“Although a charge has now been laid in relation to this complex interprovincial criminal investigation, the investigation is still very active and ongoing at this time, we continue to share Toner’s photo in an effort to advance the investigation” , said Supt. . Sanjaya Wijayakoon, Acting Officer-in-Charge (A / OIC) of the British Columbia RCMP Major Crime Section.
The toner was located in Lake Country on May 11 and the RCMP are asking the public for information on anyone who may have offered or offered a ride to anyone hitchhiking between the Columbia Valley and the Okanagan.
“We are renewing our previous public call for information and are asking anyone who may have had contact with Philip Toner between May 4 and May 11, in British Columbia or Alberta, to come forward immediately.
The RCMP launched an appeal for public information to locate Toner, who was identified by police as a “person of interest” on Monday, May 10. Police alleged that Toner and Ware knew each other, but did not disclose the nature of their relationship.
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Anyone with information relating to the case is asked to contact the Southeast District Major Crimes Unit’s information line at 1-877-987-8477.
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