UPDATE: RCMP are seeking the Public’s Assistance to Locate a Suspect

Hope, Traffic Services

2017-09-12 12:01 PDT

File # 2017-38891 & 2017-38892

Hope: RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance to locate a suspect police believe was involved in a fatal motor vehicle incident on Highway 3.

On September 11, 2017 at approximately 3:00 pm RCMP officers from Fraser Valley Traffic Service and Hope responded to a report of a two vehicle motor vehicle collision about 10 kilometers east of Hope on Highway 3.

The vehicles involved in the collision were an Equinox SUV, believed to be travelling southbound, and a maintenance truck. A female in her thirties, a passenger in the Equinox, died as a result of the crash. An individual suspected to be the driver of the Equinox allegedly left the scene in a white Ford F350 truck stolen from a Good Samaritan who had stopped to help, and who had left his Ford unattended.

The suspect is described as:

• Caucasian male.
• Height: approximately 5’9- 5’10.
• Hair: dark cut short.
• Thin face / slim waist / broad shoulders.
• Facial stubble.
• Wearing a white and red coloured motorcycle style jacket and tan coloured shorts.

We believe that the suspect travelled to Hope in the white Ford F350 he stole from the Good Samaritan who stopped to help, says Traffic spokesperson Cst. Melissa Wutke. We have now recovered that truck, but are still seeking the suspect and information from anyone who may have dealt with him since the crash yesterday afternoon. If you see him, do not approach him and please call 9-1-1 immediately.

Highway 3 was closed to assist with the investigation, but has since been re-opened to all traffic.

Fraser Valley Traffic Service have conduct of the investigation with the assistance of collision reconstructionists and the office of the Coroner. No further details are available at this time as next of kin notifications are still ongoing and the investigation remains very active.

Anyone with information of the whereabouts of this person is asked to contact the Fraser Valley Traffic Service RCMP at 604-702-4039, Hope RCMP at 604-869-7750 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Released by

Cst. Melissa Wutke

Training and Media Coordinator
E Division Traffic Services
Mailstop #804, 14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey BC V3T 6P3
Office: 778-290-2845
Fax: 778-290-6071

Email: melissa.wutke@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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