RCMP seek tips after body of woman found along Highway 93 near Radium
Police want to speak with anyone who encountered the victim, Brenda Ware, or hitchhikers in the area
Police in southeastern B.C. are looking for help to determine what happened to a 35-year-old woman found dead Thursday who had been travelling from Didsbury, Alta., to Kootenay National Park near Radium, B.C.
RCMP say the victim, Brenda Ware, was found 54 kilometres northeast of Radium, along Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park, along with her vehicle, a red 2019 Jeep Cherokee with Alberta licence plate YPC 553.
Police are calling her death suspicious but have not released any details about what happened to her.
"We're dealing with a strange set of circumstances," RCMP spokesperson Dawn Roberts said on Sunday.
Police are asking anyone who saw Ware or her vehicle from May 4 to May 6 to contact them at 1-877-987-8477.
Roberts said investigators do not know why Ware was travelling to B.C., if anyone was with her, or who she might have seen or spoken to between May 4 and May 6.
Roberts said that since Saturday, several tips have come in from people in both Alberta and British Columbia.
Ware is described as being five feet one inch, and weighing 108 pounds. She had blue eyes and brown hair.
Social media accounts associated with her name and image say she lived in Cremona, Alta., one of several small communities northwest of Calgary, and worked as a hairstylist.
Roberts said Saturday in a release that investigators want to speak with anybody who may have encountered hitchhikers in the area or who has dashcam video from Kootenay National Park between May 5 and 6.
She said on Sunday that police have not determined there is a threat to the public, but if that changes, the public will be made aware.
B.C.'s Southeast District Major Crime Unit is investigating the death.