Suspects arrested in Shuswap murder

Man and woman in custody in connection with murder of Tyler Myers, 22, in November 2008. One suspect arrested in Vernon.

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.

“As we approach the four-year anniversary of Tyler’s death we are pleased to say that those responsible are now facing criminal charges.”

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 (YCJA) 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. These charges illustrate their dedication and hopefully will help Tyler’s friends and family,” said Shinkaruk.

The investigation remains active and on-going, and additional charges are possible.

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