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Attempted murder and missing person case, may be linked to Williams Lake homicide: RCMP

On Friday, Williams Lake RCMP were investigating an incident at the Rudy Johnson Bridge, north of the city, when a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle an August 6 homicide was seen on Highway 97.

Following a brief police chase the vehicle was prevented from leaving near Airport Road. Three people were taken into custody, two of those people have since been released pending further investigation into the flight from police offence.

Jayson Gilbert remains in custody and has been charged with two counts of attempted murder for the incident at the Rudy Johnson bridge. This incident is also a missing person investigation and police are attempting to locate Branton Regner. Anyone who may have information regarding Regner or his whereabouts are asked to call the Williams Lake RCMP at 250-392-6211.

At this time no charges have been laid for the homicide that occurred on August 6. Preliminary indicators suggest these two investigations may be linked.

“These remain active investigations for the Williams Lake RCMP and North District Major Crime Unit,” said Inspector Jeff Pelley, Officer in Charge of the Williams Lake RCMP. “It is important that any potential witnesses, or people that may have information about these incidents, contact the police.”

Anyone with information regarding these incidents are asked to contact the Williams Lake RCMP at 250-392-6211 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800 222-8477.

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