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UPDATED: Powell River RCMP set up tent in Paradise Valley; examination clears suspicious occurrence

Area resembling shallow grave turns up nothing of concern, says staff sergeant
GUARDING LOCATION: Powell River RCMP were on scene at Padgett Road September 13, where they had set up a tent to protect forensic evidence. Someone walking their dog came upon an area that resembled a shallow grave but an examination of the area did not reveal anything of concern.

On September 13, Powell River RCMP were alerted to a report of a suspicious occurrence in some bushes just off of Padgett Road, opposite the exhibition grounds.

In a media release, staff sergeant Rod Wiebe, detachment commander of the Powell River RCMP, stated that someone walking their dog came upon an area that resembled a shallow grave.

“We had our forensic specialists attend and conduct an examination,” stated Wiebe. “I can say that the results of the exam did not unearth anything of concern and the scene has been released. Until we can prove otherwise, all scenes have to be treated as a crime scene, which was why we had the response that we did.”

In an earlier media release, Wiebe stated it was determined that the use of a forensic specialist was required to further the investigation.

“The scene was secured pending the arrival of the forensic identification unit from the Comox Valley,” stated Wiebe. “Given the weather forecast was calling for rain, a tent was set up to preserve any perishable evidence.”