September 5, 2018 1:00 pm
Updated: September 6, 2018 1:49 pm

Belgian tourist identified as homicide victim near Boston Bar

WATCH: Police have identified the woman found dead near Highway 1 outside of Boston Bar as a 28-year-old woman from Belgium who was visiting B.C. Sarah MacDonald has the latest on the search for her killer.


A Belgian tourist has been identified as the homicide victim found dead near Boston Bar a few weeks ago.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) says Amelie Christelle Sakkalis, 28, was found dead north of Boston Bar, near Highway 1, on Aug. 22 at approximately 7:45 p.m.

Sakkalis was a Belgian national and was travelling in Canada at the time of her death, according to IHIT.

Investigators believe she was hitchhiking from the Penticton area and heading to Vancouver.

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A man was arrested at the scene in connection with the homicide but was later released from custody. IHIT said he remains a person of interest.

Police are also particularly interested in a white van found in the same area where Sakkalis’ body was discovered.

IHIT Cpl. Frank Jang said police want to speak to anyone who saw that van on the route between Penticton and Boston Bar.

Police seized this van at the scene of a homicide near Boston Bar.


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Jang said police are not ruling out the idea that Sakkalis may have hitched in different vehicles, and is urging anyone with dash cam video from the route on Aug. 22 to contact police.

“IHIT would like to speak with anyone that picked up Ms. Sakkalis from the Penticton area and was travelling to Vancouver on Aug. 22,” said Jang.

“If you were with Ms. Sakkalis on Aug. 22, or you saw her anywhere between Penticton and Boston Bar, we urge you to contact IHIT,” said Jang.

Jang added that Sakkalis’ spoke with a French accent, and urged people in small communities along the route to look at her photo and see if they remember anything.

WATCH: (Aired Aug. 24, 2018) One man has been arrested and released and a van seized as the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team probes the death of a woman whose body was found by the highway just outside of Boston Bar. Catherine Urquhart reports.

“The family of Amelie Sakkalis have been informed of her murder and some are in fact actually travelling to Canada to speak with our investigators,” said Jang.

“We urge those with information, that know anything about the murder of Amelie Sakkalis to please come forward so we can provide those answers to her family.”

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Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at

Should you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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