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Suspicious pit found in search for Caitlin Potts not a burial site: RCMP

A pit filled with liquid found by an advocate for missing women and a family member during a search for Caitlin Potts in August.
A pit filled with liquid found by an advocate for missing women and a family member during a search for Caitlin Potts in August. Contributed

RCMP in the North Okanagan brought in a Forensic Search and Evidence Recovery Team (FSERT) to help investigate a suspicious pit found during a community search for Caitlin Potts.

However, police concluded the find was not a burial site. Instead, the force says the rectangular hole filled with liquid was left over from a construction project.

The pit was found by an advocate for missing women and a family member in August as they search a forested area east of Enderby near where Potts was living before she disappeared.

The 27-year-old went missing in February 2016 and RCMP have said her disappearance was “likely a homicide.”

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

While it has been more than three years since Caitlin Potts disappeared, the search for her has not stopped and the August search that discovered the suspicious pit near Cawley Road and Mabel Lake Road was part of that effort.

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The advocate described seeing slimy light coloured matter in the pit and lots of slugs in the area.

Slugs near a suspicious pit that the RCMP determined was left over from a construction project.
Slugs near a suspicious pit that the RCMP determined was left over from a construction project. Contributed

The suspicious find was reported to police who responded to the area on Aug. 19.

While advocates continue to have their suspicions about the site, police said their investigation turned up “no evidence to suggest that this pit, located by the advocates, was a burial site based on the findings of the forensic team and the lab.”

“It was determined to be the remnants of constructions,” Cst. Kelly Brett said in an email to Global News.

Caitlin Potts went missing in February 2016.
Caitlin Potts went missing in February 2016.

Potts’ disappearance still raises many questions for those who live in the area.

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“It must be horrible for the family not to know what’s going on,” said Allen Clark, who lives in the area.

When he saw the FSERT team show up on Mabel Lake Road for multiple days he was hoping it was a sign that police had cracked the case.

READ MORE: RCMP join Enderby walk for missing and murdered women

The long-time area resident is one of many people still hoping for a resolution.

“This is my community. When evil happens we like it to be resolved, not just left,” Clark said.

Brett said police are continuing to actively investigate Potts’ disappearance but don’t have any more information about the case for public release right now.

The pit has since been filled in.
The pit has since been filled in. Megan Turcato / Global News
RCMP markings near the pit site.
RCMP markings near the pit site. Megan Turcato / Global News

The pit has since been filled in but police tape and markings remain at the site.

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