Dead woman found near Kimberley identified

Kimberley RCMP is investigating the death of a woman near Kimberley. They have now confirmed the identity of the victim as 49-year-old Carol Ann McPhail.

McPhail had not been heard from since February 28 and on March 3, she was reported missing to Kimberley RCMP. It took police a couple of days to track her latest movements, but it led them to the Forest Service Road in an area southeast of St. Mary's Lake. On March 6, the Kimberley Search and Rescue group headed to search this area, and a they located McPhail's body under a tree about six kilometres south of the lake.

Kimberley RCMP received the assistance of the Southeast Major Crime Unit from Kelowna, who arrived on Monday and the B.C. Coroner's Service has also been called in to assist with the investigation.

At the present time, the cause of death is still unknown, A forensic autopsy is scheduled for March 10 and police hope to learn more at that time. The RCMP is also making inquiries to determine why McPhail was in that specific area.

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