British Columbia

Police investigate death of young man found critically injured on B.C. high school field

RCMP are investigating the death of a critically injured young man who was discovered on the grounds of a high school in Penticton, B.C.

Young man later died in hospital after being found at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning at Penticton Secondary

RCMP officers are seen at the site of a suspicious death at Penticton Secondary School in Penticton, B.C., on Sunday. (James Miller/Penticton Herald)

RCMP are investigating the death of a critically injured young man who was discovered on the grounds of a high school in Penticton, B.C.

Staff Sgt. Janelle Shoihet says a passerby reported seeing the unresponsive man just before 6 a.m. PT Sunday at Penticton Secondary School on Eckhardt Street.

Shoihet says officers arrived as an ambulance crew was attending to him and that he was later pronounced dead in hospital.

On Tuesday, Pentiction RCMP released a statement that said the dead man was not a youth and did not attend the school.

"This does not appear to be a random act, and we do not believe there is a threat to the general public, and in particular students headed back for school," said Const. James Grandy.

Suspicious death

Police said they believe the death is suspicious. Coroners are still working on determining the deceased's identity and how he died.

Shoihet says anyone with information should call police instead of posting it on social media.

Witnesses with first-hand details are asked to call the RCMP non-emergency line at 250-492-4300 quoting file 2021-15333.


Corrections:

  • A previous version of this article stated the dead person was a "teen or young man" and referred to him multiple times as a "youth." This was based on information provided to The Canadian Press. In fact, the deceased was not a youth, according to updated information released by RCMP on Tuesday.

With files from Akshay Kulkarni

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