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B.C. RCMP identify 2 found murdered in Okanagan as brothers

The bodies of Carlos Fryer, 31, and Erick Fryer, 29, were found May 10 near Naramata by a couple walking.

PENTICTON – BC RCMP Major Crime has identified the two deceased found near Naramata last week as two men from the BC Southern Interior and say their deaths were homicides.

Erick Fryer, 29, and Carlos Fryer, 31, from Kamloops have been positively identified by BC RCMP Major Crime investigators as the two men found deceased in a remote location near Naramata on May 10. Police are releasing their names in an effort to further the investigation.

The BC Coroners Service is also investigating to determine how, where, when and by what means the deaths occurred.

“The unexpected deaths of both Erick and Carlos are being investigated by police as homicides,” said Acting Officer-In-Charge (A/OIC) Supt. Sanjaya Wijayakoon of the BC RCMP Major Crime Section.

“South Okanagan residents can expect to continue to see major crime resources in the region for the remainder of the week as investigators continue to advance the homicide investigation.

“BC RCMP remains committed to determining what led to Erick and Carlos’ deaths, identifying the person or persons responsible for their killing and keeping the victim’s family updated on the investigation as it continues to unfold.” 

Investigators still believe that this incident was isolated and not a random act. Police have not uncovered anything to suggest these homicides are connected to the BC Lower Mainland gang conflict. Major crime investigators remain open to all possibilities in this homicide case, and renew their call for anyone with any information to come forward immediately.

On May 10, 2021, a short time after 10 a.m. Penticton RCMP officers responded to a remote location up Naramata Creek Forest Service Road after a couple, walking in the area, discovered two deceased individuals. Police immediately took steps to secure the location and called upon forensic specialists with the RCMP Integrated Forensic Identification Section to assist with an examination of the scene.

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the BC RCMP Major Crime information line at 1-877-987-8477.