Several police vehicles were seen at the Sagmoen farm on Salmon River Road in Silver Creek on Thursday night, Oct. 29, 2020. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

UPDATE: One person arrested, released following police presence at Sagmoen farm

RCMP were at Silver Creek property where remains of Vernon woman were found in 2017

Update

3:42 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, 2020

RCMP say one person was arrested and subsequently released following a police search of a Salmon River Road property.

Responding to a request for information regarding a large police presence at the Sagmoen farm on the night of Thursday, Oct. 29, Vernon RCMP Const. Chris Terleski offered the following by email:

“On October 29, 2020, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP executed a search warrant in the 2000-block of Salmon River Road. One person was arrested by police and has since been released.”

Terleski said no charges had been laid and police continue to investigate.

ORIGINAL STORY

Several police vehicles could be seen in Silver Creek on Salmon River Road, on and around the Sagmoen farm on Thursday evening, Oct. 29.

Between five and 10 police cars were seen in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road from about 6 p.m. to at least 11 p.m., according to witnesses who wished to remain anonymous.

Officers could also be seen using lights, apparently to search one of the barns or outbuildings on the property.

No statement has been issued yet by police regarding their presence at the farm.

On Oct. 21, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP issued a warning that anyone involved in the sex trade not respond to any requests for their services or engage in any activity in the Salmon River Road area.

Read more: Sex workers called out to area near Sagmoen farm: Vernon Mounties

Curtis Sagmoen, 39, who has been residing at the farm on Salmon River Road, is under a probation order that states he must not have any contact in any way with any sex trade worker, escort, or person offering paid dating or companion services.

Sagmoen has been convicted of assaulting and threatening sex trade workers on or near the Salmon River Road property.

Police released a photo of Sagmoen on Oct. 21 along with the warning, stating the photo was “in the interest of safety.”

The police activity may be sadly reminiscent to neighbours of three years ago in October, when police descended upon the farm. It was then they found the remains of 18-year-old Traci Genereaux from Vernon. No charges have been laid in connection with her death.

The search of the property in 2017 began on Oct. 19, with police vehicles, large command units, white tents, black privacy fencing and many forensic investigators combing through different areas of the property, digging and sifting through dirt. One day police in scuba diving gear could be seen in and around Silver Creek, which runs through the 24-acre property.

The search wrapped up on Nov. 9, 2017.

Further details on the Oct. 29 police presence will be provided as they become available.

Read more: 2017 – Police call off search at Sagmoen farm

Read more: 2018 – One year later: No updates in death of Vernon teen found on farm


marthawickett@saobserver.net
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