June 14, 2014 3:08 pm
Updated: June 14, 2014 3:09 pm

UPDATE: Uncle of Lytton crash victims devastated


WATCH: Cst. Kris Clark has an update on the fatal crash in the Pasilko Lake area

A teenage boy is believed to be the sole survivor of a crash near Lytton that has claimed three lives.

The two women and two boys were last seen Tuesday afternoon potato-picking at Botanie Lake. When they failed to meet up with family back in town later that day, a search party was launched.

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Cst. Kris Clark from the Kelowna RCMP says the vehicle associated with the missing group was found down an embankment on Thursday, along with three deceased people.

The surviving teenage boy is believed to have a broken leg and collarbone.

Clark says RCMP is not releasing any information about the identities of the four people at this time.

But community members have identified the group as Chantel Deneault, Joseph Garcia, Shelly Garcia and Baron Joe.

Don Vandergriend, the uncle of the two female victims, says his nieces were applying for new jobs and looking forward to what the future had in store.

“They were all doing great. Chantel was up north working on her life. Shelly, I have seen her in Merritt a couple of weeks ago. She said, ‘Uncle, I am handing out resumes and looking for work’,” says Vandergriend.

The mayor of Lytton says the community is shell-shocked about what transpired.

“It’s all still sinking in. There is emptiness and heaviness,” says Jessoa Lightfoot.

An investigation into what happened is still underway.

With files from CFJC 

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