Human remains found at site of March 30 house fire near Ft. St. John


Human remains have been found at the site of a March 30 house fire in the Charlie Lake area.

The Fort St. John RCMP were called to the residential fire, which caused extensive damage to the Hannaford Road home, at about 3:16 a.m. March 30. At about 6:30 a.m. the same day, a report was received that the Hannaford Road homeowner’s vehicle was on fire on Golf Course Road in the Charlie Lake area.

The North District Major Crimes Unit with assistance from the Fort St. John Detachment, Forensic Specialists, North District Regional GIS, and Police Dog Services are continuing the investigation into the suspicious fires. During the scene examination of the residence on Hannaford Road investigators located human remains. Those remains have not yet been identified. The BC Coroners Service is responsible for determining the identity of the found human remains and is in the very early stages of its investigation.

The homeowner, John Banky, is still considered a missing person. Banky is described as 55 years old, 5’9 tall (175 cm), 190 lbs (86 kgs), hazel eyes, and red hair.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP at 250 787-8140 or Crimestoppers at 1 800 222-8477.