RCMP are turning away people who are driving up the road to the Penticton Shooting Range. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

RCMP are turning away people who are driving up the road to the Penticton Shooting Range. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Year in Review: RCMP investigate burned bodies in Summerland and Penticton

The identities of the 2 bodies found in Summerland were never released, both crimes remain unsolved

The end of the summer in the South Okanagan also brought with it unusual scenes of violence for the region.

The Summerland Fire Department was first on the scene for two different sets of suspicious deaths involving burning vehicles.

The first incident was on Garnet Valley Road on Aug. 6.

After responding to extinguish the vehicle fire, firefighters discovered the pair of bodies inside and brought in the RCMP.

The Southeast District Major Crime Unit took over the case, investigating alongside the Penticton RCMP and BC Coroners Service.

That story took a dramatic turn the next day, after RCMP revealed that two people who died in a crash in Abbotsford were connected to the bodies in the burnt vehicle found in rural Summerland.

READ MORE: 2 dead in Abbotsford crash connected to Summerland bodies in burned car: RCMP

The crash involved a vehicle that had been recorded as stolen and flagged as connected to the Summerland incident. A male driver and female passenger were killed after RCMP attempted to stop the vehicle.

No further information about the victims found in the burned-out vehicle has been released by RCMP, nor the identities of the two involved in the Abbotsford crash and the nature of their connection to Summerland.

On Sept. 15, the Summerland Fire Department responded to another call near the road to the Penticton Shooting Sports Range and Agriculture Research Station.

Once again, bodies were discovered while the fire was being extinguished and the RCMP called in.

In October, RCMP identified the victims in the hopes of furthering their investigation.

READ MORE: Penticton man and woman ID’d as victims found near local shooting range

Both victims were 30 and locals of Penticton. Alanna Brown and Douglas Barker were both last seen on Sept. 14, the day before their bodies were discovered.

If you have information about either incident, you are asked to contact the Major Crimes tipline at 1-877-987-8477.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.

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