Missing Enderby woman didn’t leave Okanagan before she died: police

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Editor’s Note: This story has been updated for clarity and to correct the date of Potts’ disappearance. Potts was last seen on Feb. 21, 2016, but last heard from Feb. 22, 2016. A previous version of this story said she disappeared on Feb. 21, 2016.

RCMP are releasing more details about the disappearance of Caitlin Potts.

The 27-year-old woman was originally from Alberta but was living in the Enderby area before she vanished in February 2016.

Investigators think the young woman was likely killed.

“We believe this is likely a homicide. She has likely met with foul play,” said Staff Sgt. Annie Linteau.

Potts’ remains were never located.

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On Wednesday, more than a year after she was last seen, police released video from around the time of her disappearance.

In a short clip on the surveillance tape from Feb. 21, 2016, Potts casually walks into Kelowna’s Orchard Park Mall and takes a cellphone out of her pocket.

It appears police are hoping the tape may spur more tips from the public.

“The video surveillance is being released at this stage to provide a visual reminder to the public of Caitlin’s appearance and show what she may have been wearing near the time of her disappearance,” wrote Staff Sgt. Annie Linteau in a media release.

Watch Below: Video of Caitlin Potts entering a Kelowna mall on Feb. 21, 2016. RCMP said this is the last known sighting of Potts.

Potts has not been heard from since Feb. 22, 2016, the day after she was captured on video entering the mall. Her family said Potts told them on Feb. 22 that she was going to get a ride to Calgary from someone on Kijiji.

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Now police are saying they don’t have proof she was headed to Calgary, and don’t think she left the region.

“Investigators do not believe Caitlin Potts left the Okanagan before her death. Previous reports that she was travelling to Calgary, Alta., have not been substantiated,” wrote Linteau.

“Potts had connections to Kelowna, West Kelowna, Armstrong, Salmon Arm and Enderby.”

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Potts is one of three women who were living in the Enderby area who disappeared last year.

Ashley Simpson hasn’t been seen since last April, and Deanna Wertz disappeared last July.

RCMP said they do not believe any of the cases are connected.

Watch Below: What is it like when your loved one simply vanishes? That the heart wrenching situation faced by the families of three Enderby area women who went missing last year. After months of waiting for news, they continue to struggle with unanswered questions.

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