The RCMP can now confirm that we have located the body of the suspect we were searching for. Sheldon Kyle Thunderblanket, despite earlier reports that he was in custody.
He was found deceased. A positive confirmation of identification and the exact cause of death is now the subject of a full investigation by the BC Coroner Service. The deceased was located within the identified search area east of Revelstoke. The area will remain closed to allow for a full evidentiary search to be completed.
We delayed on confirming this information in order to ensure that next of kin notifications had been completed, as well as notifications to all the partner agencies who have a connection or interest in this case. Southeast District Major Crime Unit has lead on the concurrent investigation relating to the initial call near Golden on October 11.
The IIO BC has been notified and they will now investigate if there is a connection between the male’s death and the actions of police. Questions related to the IIO BC are best directed to them or by visiting their website www.iiobc.ca