Foul play ruled out in death

A Vernon man found deceased in Polson Park was not murdered.

RCMP have wrapped up their investigation into the death of Terrance Fergus, 47, who was found Sept. 27 near the fountain at 25th Avenue and 32nd Street.

“Foul play is not suspected,” said Cpl. Gerry Kovacs, with the Vernon detachment.

Kovacs says that conclusion was reached after a thorough investigation and a forensic autopsy.

Because homicide has been ruled out, the case has been turned over to the B.C. Coroners Service.

“We don’t have a clear cause and we will have to do further investigation to try and determine that,” said Barb McLintock, B.C. Coroner Service spokesperson.

Among the next steps will be toxicology tests and microscopic samples.

The RCMP will assist the coroners service if required.

McLintock can’t provide a specific timeline as to when the process will be completed.

“It could be a couple of months,” she said.

Fergus was found by passersby in the park at 9:30 p.m. and they initially called paramedics for assistance. Once it was determined Fergus was deceased, police officers responded to the scene.

That portion of the park surrounding the fountain was closed for a couple of days during the investigation.

A public appeal for information regarding Fergus was issued.

“We got lots of tips and what was provided was very useful in the investigation,” said Kovacs.

“We would like to thank the public for their assistance.”


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