Rally held for missing women as Curtis Sagmoen makes brief court appearance
Salmon Arm-area man faces multiple charges related to an attack on a sex worker in August
About a dozen women rallied outside the courthouse in Vernon, B.C., on Thursday morning as Curtis Sagmoen made a brief appearance via video link.
The protesters said they wanted to remind the public of the names of women who have gone missing or suffered violence in the region.
"We want to spark change and we want to keep pressure up with the police and the investigators," rally organizer Meagan Louis told CBC News.
Caitlin Potts, 27; Ashley Simpson, 32; Deanna Wertz, 46; Nicole Bell, 31; and Traci Genereaux, 18, have all gone missing from the North Okanagan since early 2016.
Sagmoen was arrested after the RCMP warned of a possible risk to women and sex workers in the area around Salmon River Road, a rural corner of the North Okanagan where Sagmoen's family owns a large property.
The 36-year-old man is charged with several offences related to alleged threats against a sex worker in late August, including disguising his face with the intent to commit an offence, intentionally discharging a firearm, uttering threats, careless use or storage of a firearm, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and possession of a controlled substance.
Sagmoen's next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 14.
Activists rally at Vernon courthouse to raise awareness of violence against women ahead of Curtis Sagmoen’s court appearance. He’s charged with threatening sex trade worker with a gun. Human remains of Traci Genereaux also found on his farm. He’s not charged in her death. <a href="https://t.co/qrH8wMqwFg">pic.twitter.com/qrH8wMqwFg</a>—@BradyStrachan
Police have not linked the case to the search of Sagmoen's family farm near Salmon Arm, where the remains of 18-year-old Traci Genereaux were found last month.
With files from Canadian Press and Brady Strachan