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Man charged with murder in Ashley Simpson’s death to appear in Salmon Arm court

Derek Favell, former boyfriend of victim, initially appeared in Kamloops but now set for Salmon Arm
Derek Favell, 39, charged with second-degree murder in the death of Ashley Simpson, is scheduled to appear in Salmon Arm court on Dec. 21, 2021. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

The man charged with second-degree murder in the death of Ashley Simpson will be appearing in Salmon Arm court in late December.

RCMP announced in Surrey on Dec. 6 that Derek Lee Matthew Favell, 39, had been charged and would be appearing remotely in Kamloops Provincial Court on Dec. 9.

Favell is the former boyfriend of Ashley Simpson who was last seen on April 27, 2016 in the area near Salmon Arm where she lived with Favell in a travel trailer on Yankee Flats Road.

She was 32 at the time and had been missing for five years and eight months. The RCMP reported on Dec. 6 that her remains had been found in a wilderness area outside of Salmon Arm on Nov. 26, 2021.

Favell has now been scheduled to appear in Salmon Arm court on Tuesday, Dec. 21. The purpose listed in court records is to allow him to consult with a lawyer.

The discovery of Ashley’s remains provided great relief for her parents Cindy and John Simpson, Ontario residents, who have been praying for her return.

Police said there is no connection between Ashley’s death and the four women who went missing from the North Okanagan Shuswap during the same time period: Caitlin Potts, Deanna Wertz, Nicole Bell and Traci Genereaux. The remains of Genereaux were found in October 2017 on a Silver Creek farm where Curtis Sagmoen, who is currently facing a charge of assaulting a police officer, was living.

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Martha Wickett

About the Author: Martha Wickett

came to Salmon Arm in May of 2004 to work at the Observer. I was looking for a change from the hustle and bustle of the Lower Mainland, where I had spent more than a decade working in community newspapers.
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