RCMP identify murder victim, seek potential video of vehicle


2017-10-17 13:22 PDT

File # 2017-61647

The body of a woman discovered in a Kelowna area orchard, who police deemed was the victim of a homicide, has been positively identified. Police are now seeking more information about her last hours, and whether any businesses or home owners have video of her vehicle from Oct. 11 between 1 am and 9 am.

On October 11, 2017 shortly before 11 am, the Kelowna RCMP were called to an orchard located in the 2100 block of Cooper Road for a report of a body found at that location.

Homicide investigators with the Kelowna RCMP Serious Crimes Unit (SCU) attended the woman’s autopsy on October 16, 2017. As such the RCMP are confirming the victim has been positively identified as 23-year-old Russia Nicholson of West Kelowna.

RCMP are asking the public to come forward to police, as investigators work to establish a time line of the hours and moments that lead up to Russia’s death, says RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.

Serious crimes investigators are also looking to track the movements of Russia Nicholson’s 4-door white 2010 Ford Fusion, 4 door sedan, between the hours of 1 am to 9 am, on October 11th, the day of her passing, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.

Business and area residents in the vicinity of both the 2100 block of Cooper Road, where the victim’s body was discovered and the 1300 block of Collison Road, where the victim’s vehicle was recovered, are encouraged to review their video surveillance footage for any images that show Russia’s white 2010 Ford Fusion. See attached photos of the victims Ford Fusion, which shows distinguishing damage to the vehicles front bumper and driver’s side rear passenger window.

Images of Russia Nicholson’s 2010 white Ford Fusion 4 door sedan recovered by police. The pictures show distinguishing damage to the vehicles front bumper and driver’s side rear passenger window;

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RCMP would like to remind the public, that investigators have reason to believe that this was not a random attack, that the victim likely knew her attacker.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Cst. Nicole Shuttleworth of the Kelowna RCMP Serious Crimes Unit at 250-470-6395.


Released by

Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey

Media Relations Officer
Kelowna RCMP
1190 Richter Street, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 2K7
Office: (250) 762-3300
Fax: (250) 470-6348

Email: jesse.odonaghey@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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