Police appeal for tips after woman’s body found in Kootenay National Park

RCMP released this photo of Brenda Ware as they appealed for tips about her suspicious death. Courtesy: BC RCMP

B.C. RCMP have launched a suspicious death investigation after the body of Brenda Ware was discovered in Kootenay National Park on Thursday.

RCMP said Ware’s body was found with her vehicle near Highway 93, within the national park, around 54 kilometers northeast of the village of Radium.

Police said the 35-year-old Alberta woman was seen on May 4 in Didsbury, Alta. two days before her remains and her vehicle were found in Kootenay National Park.

RCMP spokesperson Dawn Roberts said police don’t know why she was in the Kootenay National Park area and that’s one reason why the death is being investigated as suspicious.

The RCMP is hoping someone may have seen her or her vehicle in the two days prior to the discovery of her body.

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“Investigators are requesting assistance from the public and information from anyone who saw Brenda Ware from May 4 to May 6, or her vehicle, a red 2019 Jeep Cherokee Alberta Licence Plate YPC553,” the RCMP said in a statement released Saturday night.

“We would also like to speak to anybody who may have encountered hitchhikers in that area or has dash camera video of driving through Kootenay National Park on May 5th or 6th.”

Roberts said on Sunday that police currently don’t have any information that would suggest there is a risk to the general public.

Roberts said police are investigating whether or not anyone else was with Ware and public tips, including dash camera video, could aid in that area of the investigation.

“If we’ve located the vehicle and we’ve located her, would someone have had to leave the area?” Roberts said.

RCMP said Ware was from Mountain View County, Alta, and was 5’1, around 108 lbs, with blue eyes and brown hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call the RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit at 1-877-987-8477.

Police said they have already received public tips in this case from both British Columbia and Alberta.

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