Youth among pair arrested in connection with Vernon man’s death

Two people, including a 14-year-old, have been arrested in connection with the death of a Vernon man whose body was found in Polson Park

Two people, including a 14-year-old male, have been arrested in connection with the death of a Vernon man whose body was found in Polson Park.

Vernon RCMP GIS/Serious Crime Unit announced the arrests on Wednesday in connection with the death of Jason Thomas Hardy, 42, whose body was discovered near the Vernon Lawn Bowling Club Aug. 26.

“On Monday, a 14-year-old youth and an 18-year-old man were taken into custody by the RCMP,” said Vernon RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy. “Both are residents of the Greater Vernon area.”

Crown counsel have approved charges of second degree murder against the 14-year-old, who can’t be named, and Brandon Wellington, 18.

They were scheduled to make court appearances in Vernon Provincial Court Thursday.

The investigation leads RCMP to believe this was a targeted offence.

“Police do not believe there is a risk to the public,” said Noseworthy.

This is still an ongoing investigation and anyone with unreported information regarding the death of Jason Hardy is asked to contact the Vernon RCMP Detachment at 250-545-7171.