RCMP officers make arrest in murder case

Tyler Myers was found in the yard of Salmon Arm’s Bastion Elementary School in 2008

Two people have been arrested almost four years after a Shuswap murder.

RCMP investigators arrested a man and a woman in connection with the 2008 murder of Tyler Myers, 22, whose body was found in the yard of Salmon Arm’s Bastion Elementary School on Nov. 21, 2008, dead from a gunshot wound.

Two individuals were arrested in Vernon and Salmon Arm Monday.

“Investigators from the RCMP unsolved homicide unit have identified and arrested a man and woman that we believe are responsible for Tyler Myers’ murder,” said Insp. Gary Shinkaruk,  with B.C. RCMP’s major crime unit.

Because the matter is now before the courts, police are saying very little about the investigation.

However, RCMP confirm that Myers knew the two accused, and said the incident was not a random attack.

Police did not say which of the accused was arrested in Vernon.

The now 20-year-old man and 21-year-old woman, both from Salmon Arm, have been charged with first degree murder but can’t be named as they were young persons as defined by the Youth Criminal Justice Act at the time of the offence.

“Each of our investigators believes that murder victims deserve to have their case solved, no matter how long the file takes,” said Shinkaruk.

“These charges illustrate their dedication and hopefully will help Tyler’s friends and family.”

The investigation remains active and additional charges are possible.

The two accused were slated to appear in  Salmon Arm court Tuesday.