Prince George RCMP determine cause of death in fatality of two youths

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“Based on evidence and facts, investigators have determined that the actions of the male driver led to his own death and the death of the female passenger,” Cpl. Craig Douglass writes. “The investigation will be concluded as a homicide and suicide.”

Cpl. Douglass goes on to say the investigation was particularly strenuous, citing “rumours and speculation” as the source.

“The investigation was hampered due to the high amounts of rumours and speculation on both traditional and social media that began just after the vehicle entered Kwitzil Lake and continued for days,” Cpl. Douglass explains. “Police were challenged to filter through this information in order to locate and validate the facts.”

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Cpl. Douglass adds, “Those facts have brought this investigation to conclusion.”

With that in mind, police are still crediting the eye of the public as a crucial source of information.

“Investigators would like to thank all those persons that came forward with first-hand information, as well as those that attempted to help Kendall and Craig at the time of the incident.”

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The initial investigation began on May 18, 2014 at an outdoor party in the Prince George region.

“The deaths occurred when the vehicle they were in entered Kwitzil Lake, more commonly known as Gravel Pit Lake, just off Highway 16 approximately 42 kilometres west of Prince George.”

This investigation is being called “extensive” with evidence collected thorough forensic analysis, vehicle inspection, multiple interview, autopsies, and toxicology testing.

“This is a tragic result to an entirely preventable situation,” writes Sgt. Todd Wilson of the Serious Crime Unit. “We believe substance abuse was a direct factor in these deaths.”

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