Autopsy confirms missing Kamloops woman’s death was a homicide

The body of 57-year-old Jo-Anne Donovan was found near her home on March 22

Kamloops RCMP have confirmed their suspicion that the death of a missing Westsyde woman was a homicide.

Police made the announcement following the autopsy of Jo-Anne Donovan, 57, who was found deceased near her Westsyde home at the Warren’s Trailer Court on March 22, nine days after she was last believed to have been seen on March 13.

The autopsy results confirmed the body found was Donovan and the cause of her death, which Kamloops RCMP did not specify in its press release. Police have also not specified the exact location Donovan was found.

“Sadly, the autopsy results verified what investigators initially suspected, that Jo-Anne Donovan was the victim of homicide,” said Corporal Dave Marshall of the Kamloops RCMP Serious Crime Unit. “As our investigation continues, so too does our appeal for more information from the public to help us timeline Jo-Anne’s last movements and determine exactly what transpired.”

An extensive forensic search of Jo-Anne’s residence and vehicle was initiated and continue to be conducted, the release stated.

Donovan lived in trailer No. 6 with son Brandon. On March 24, a security guard and a uniformed officer could be seen watching over the home.

The security guard said the home was empty as it would remain in police hands until at least the March 28 autopsy.


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