The investigation into the murder of a well known Rossland resident one month ago continues, although police remain tight lipped about any new leads.
Thomas Feeney, 75, was found deceased in his home June 5, following what Mounties have said is a violent homicide during robbery.
The status of the investigation is active and ongoing, said Cst. Kris Clark from the Southeast District RCMP, adding that an experienced Major Crime team remains dedicated to the case and all resources are currently in place.
While he couldn’t speak to specifics regarding possible suspects at this point, the constable did confirm that police continue to explore other break and enters in the area that could be linked to the crime.
Rossland and Greater Trail continue to be safe communities, noted Clark, referencing the June 9 press conference when Supt. Tim Head from the Kelowna detachment said the police are committed to identifying and holding the individual or individuals responsible.
“I would like to be able to provide you with further information that might allay the public’s fears in regards to this case,” he continued.
“But I am simply unable to at this time.”
Cause of death is being withheld pending the course of a future trial, however preliminary findings from the ongoing investigation led investigators to believe that this was a random incident or a crime of opportunity against Mr Feeney.
Five firearms were missing from the residence including one described as a unique weapon with an octagon-shaped barrel and distinctive firing mechanism; an LCD television and 45 calibre ammunition reloading equipment.
Police have posted detailed information and images on the provincial RCMP website in hopes of connecting these items with a suspect.
The late Feeney was born and raised in Rossland. He was a father, grandfather and great grandfather who loved to hunt and fish and enjoy the outdoors. His family immigrated from Ireland and made Rossland and its surrounding area their home for generations.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the tipline at 1.877.987.8477.