Charlie Lake death ruled a homicide, victim identified

Human remains found at a house fire in the Charlie Lake area March 30 have been identified as those of the homeowner, John Banky.

His death is now considered as a homicide.

Fort St. John RCMP were called to the house, on Hannaford Road in the Charlie Lake area, around 3 a.m. March 30. Human remains were found inside the burned home. At about 6:30 a.m. the same day, police received a report that the Hannaford Road homeowner’s vehicle was on fire on Golf Course Road in the Charlie Lake area.

Investigators believe Banky’s death is a homicide. As in any investigation, the police require and are asking for assistance from the public to continue to advance this investigation.

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