‘It’s frightening. We don’t get murders in Naramata’: Okanagan community still reeling after bodies found

The small southern Okanagan community of Naramata is still reeling after two bodies were found by hikers on a forest service road on Monday.

“I was worried it was someone local. It’s frightening. We don’t get murders in Naramata,” said Martine Boutilier, a Naramata resident.

The sense of unease and anxiety is amplified by the fact that despite a massive police search, no one has been connected to the deaths.

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“We were pretty shocked, it’s a small community. We moved up from the lower mainland, where we were used to that type of news, but to be here and have that happen in your backyard was a bit unnerving,” said Simone VanderRoest, a Naramata Resident.

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Neighbours who witnessed a large ground and aerial police pursuit on Monday are questioning why the public was left in the dark about a double targeted killing and the hunt for potential suspects for more than 28 hours.

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Multiple news organizations have reported that the two deceased individuals were brothers from Kamloops, stemming from a social media message posted by a father announcing his two sons died suddenly.

Global News has not been able to confirm the reports.

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