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An autopsy performed today on a body discovered last week has confirmed that Jo-Anne Donovan was the victim of a homicide, according to Kamloops RCMP.
The body was discovered near her residence on March 22, about one week after the 57-year-old was reported missing to police.
“Sadly, the autopsy results verified what investigators initially suspected, that Jo-Anne Donovan was the victim of homicide,” said Cpl Dave Marshall of the Kamloops RCMP Serious Crime Unit.
“As our investigation continues, so too does our appeal for more information from the public to help us timeline Jo-Anne’s last movements and determine exactly what transpired.”
Donovan was known to frequent the North Shore and Brocklehurst areas of Kamloops.
She enjoyed going for walks around McArthur Island Park, the Kamloops Airport and Tranquille Farms.
“Police are also seeking to speak with anyone who recently spoke with Jo-Anne or visited her residence, who has not already been contacted by investigators,” Cpl Marshall added.
An extensive forensic search of Donovan’s residence and vehicle have and continue to be conducted, with assistance from the Forensic Identification Services Unit, General Investigation Support Team and frontline officers.
To protect the integrity of the investigation, the RCMP is not providing any further information at this time.
Anyone who may have seen Jo-Anne or her grey Chevrolet Impala around March 13, the date she is believed to have gone missing, is asked to contact the Kamloops RCMP at (250) 828-3000.