Driver stuck in traffic finds body of NWT woman by BC highway

RCMP in British Columbia say remains found by the side of a highway are those of a 27-year-old woman from the Northwest Territories.

Police are still notifying next-of-kin so the woman’s name has not been released, though RCMP said she had connections in the South Okanagan region.

The body was uncovered on Sunday, on BC’s Highway 5 around 20 minutes south of Merritt, by a driver caught in traffic behind a collision.


“A motorist exited his vehicle to stretch his legs only to discover a deceased woman off the side of Highway 5,” read an RCMP news release.

“The scene examination showed no overt signs criminality that were involved with the death.

“An autopsy is expected to be conducted to try and determine how the woman died. The deceased does not appear to match any known missing persons reports.”

In an update on Tuesday, police identified the woman as coming from the NWT. RCMP earlier said the woman had “darker skin and long dyed blonde and red hair.”

It’s not clear if there was any indication as to how long the body had been at the scene before being discovered.


The investigation continues.