Cranbrook RCMP and the B.C. Provincial Coroner’s office continue their efforts to identify the unknown male and female bodies that were pulled from Lake Koocanusa in May and July of this year.
Police are baffled because they have been unable to associate the bodies to ‘missing person’ reports. Search efforts have expanded beyond the local area, across Canada and into the United States and Europe. Police believe that the bodies may be related, but are at a loss to explain how they happened to be in the water.
Koocanusa Lake is not a natural lake. It is formed when the Kootenay River, a major river system in the southeast corner of British Columbia, drains into the Libby dam system in northern Montana.
During spring runoff, the dam causes the river to backup and overflow it’s banks creating a lake. This lake is used throughout the summer for recreational purposes – swimming, boating, fishing and camping – but reverts to a river system in the fall as the water level recedes.
Because both bodies were recovered while Koocanusa Lake was still expanding to full-pool.
Police thought that the rising waters may have obscured clues about how and where the bodies entered the water system and on September 7th, the RCMP Air Services Division from Kelowna was brought in a second time to conduct an aerial search of the shoreline.
This search did not turn up any new leads. Police are, once again, appealing to the public for assistance in identifying the bodies.
Although the bodies were examined closely at autopsy, there was nothing to identify them by. Police are now able to release a few more details about personal effects that were recovered during the autopsy and hope that this may trigger some information.
SURREY: Further to press releases issued in January 2005 regarding a missing 32-year-old man, Jason (Jay) Baxter GARROW and a press conference on January 13, 2020.
Surrey RCMP Major Crime Section took over the initial investigation in January. The Surrey RCMP Major Crime Section were able to develop information which ultimately led to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) picking up the file in April 2005.
As a result of this five month investigation, Charles Martin OVERALL, a 36-year-old Surrey resident, was arrested on September 8, 2005 for the murder of Jason GARROW. GARROW’s remains were located by IHIT investigators in a shallow grave in Surrey.
OVERALL is to appear in court this afternoon facing one count first degree murder. In addition, Lorena Lynn WELLS, a 34-year-old Surrey resident, was also arrested on September 8 and is before the courts to face one count accessory after the fact and one count of obstruction of justice.
No further details will be released as the matter is now before the courts.
Further to the press release on January 2, 2020. Today there will be a press
conference at 9:30 AM at the Surrey detachment, located at 14355-57th Ave, Surrey.
Members of Jason GARROW’s family will be here to request assistance to find their
missing loved one.
On December 16th, 2004, Jason GARROW, a 32 year old Surrey man, was reported missing when he did not appear for work. His residence in North Surrey was checked with negative results. His vehicle was located a few days later in the parking area of the Superstore in the 7200 block of the King George Highway.
There has been no contact with friends or family and this behaviour is considered unusual. Jason GARROW is 5’11” tall, weighs 220lbs and has brown hair and blue eyes. He was known to frequent the Delaney’s Pub in Newton.