The RCMP Underwater Recovery Team was called in to search the Rossland reservoir Monday for evidence that may be linked to the homicide of Rossland resident Thomas Feeney.

The RCMP Underwater Recovery Team was called in to search the Rossland reservoir Monday for evidence that may be linked to the homicide of Rossland resident Thomas Feeney.

Divers scour Rossland Reservoir for clues in unsolved 2014 homicide

RCMP divers searched Monday for evidence connected to the death of Thomas Feeney

An RCMP dive team was searching the Rossland reservoir Monday in hopes of finding evidence in connection to the homicide of Rossland resident Thomas Feeney.

Spokesman Cpl. Dave Tyreman said the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team was called in as a result of information obtained in the ongoing investigation.

Police have yet to share how the 75-year-old died in his home on June 5, 2014. Investigators believe the death occurred during a robbery, and they hope the renewed search will turn up evidence that may have been discarded after the homicide.

“It’s (an item) either related to the homicide or may be an item that was taken during the break and enter,” Tyreman said Monday.

“It could be something that was used in the homicide or something missing from the residence.”

The case, led by the Southeast District Major Crime Unit, is considered a “random incident” or a “crime of opportunity” against the man who was killed at his home on Feeney Road, named after his family.

“We don’t believe it was a targeted act, where they planned out to kill Mr. Feeney,” explained Tyreman. “It’s possible they were breaking in because there were some antiques or some items of interest that Mr. Feeney had collected.”

Among items taken from the property were five firearms, including a Pedersoli/Cimmaron Arms 1874 Sharps 45-70 rifle, which investigators have described as unique with an octagonal barrel and distinctive firing mechanism and sight. There was also an LCD television, a crossbow with a broken string and a set of .45 calibre reloading equipment reported as missing from the scene.

“In this case, it appears that somebody either broke into the residence or was in the residence and was confronted by him and at that point Mr. Feeney lost his life,” said Tyreman.

“It just doesn’t seem like it was a targeted incident,” he added. “There is no reason for anybody to target Mr. Feeney.”

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.

The investigation is very much active; Tyreman confirmed, and police are asking the public to reevaluate their memory because any detail could lead to solving this crime.

“An investigation is like a 100-piece jigsaw puzzle—each individual piece is meaningless by itself or may seem meaningless to some people, but when you put them all together it all fits in, and now we can see the big picture,” he said. “If anybody has any information that hasn’t been reported before, that may seem something minor such as a pick up driving by, please call us because it may seem meaningless to you, but it might be the last piece of the puzzle that we need.”

The public is encouraged to contact the Trail RCMP (250-364-2566) or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Just Posted

Shoes and toys were placed by the altar at the Circle of Indigenous Nations of Castlegar Indigenous Peoples Day gathering on Monday. Photo: Betsy Kline
Castlegar Indigenous Peoples Day gathering focuses on remembering

Occasion was more somber than previous years

Manager Cora Muellner (left) and employee Rachel Ronson at Buddy’s Place in Nelson. Muellner is among local cannabis retailers welcoming changes to provincial regulations. Photo: Tyler Harper
Nelson cannabis retailers welcome provincial changes to delivery, hiring options

As of July 15, private retailers can deliver their products to your door

Waneta Manor is located on Laburnum Drive in Trail. Photo: Sheri Regnier
New elevator coming to Trail manor this summer, says head manager

The elevator in Waneta Manor has been out of commission since February

Greater Trail barrel racer Hunter Weishaupt will race for a coveted spot in the Calgary Stampede
West Kootenay barrel racer takes run at Stampede

Hunter Weishaupt is inviting sponsors to get on board in her quest to compete in Calgary Stampede

Refusals to wear masks had Trail police called to two separate scenes on Saturday. Photo: Waldemar Brandt on Unsplash
Trail police called to mask confrontations

The Province of BC has masks being mandatory indoors

A person stands in a tower on the perimeter of the Number 3 Detention Center in Dabancheng in western China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on April 23, 2021. Human rights groups and Western nations led by the United States, Britain and Germany accused China of massive crimes against the Uyghur minority and demanded unimpeded access for U.N. experts at a virtual meeting on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 denounced by China as “politically motivated” and based on “lies.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Mark Schiefelbein
VIDEO: Trudeau demands truth from China about Uyghurs

PM says Canada has admitted broken Indigenous relationship, unlike China on Uyghurs

CELEBRATING INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY
Council members and witnesses from the Hupacasath First Nation, left, and Tseshaht First Nation, right, prepare to raise their respective flags in front of Port Alberni City Hall on Monday, June 21, 2021. The flags will permanently fly as part of the city’s reconciliation work. See more coverage from the flag raising ceremony on page A5. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Vancouver Island First Nations flags to fly permanently at city hall

Addition of flags are one Port Alberni response to reconciliation

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran, middle right, participates in a ribbon-cutting ceremony in honour of the launch of Kelowna’s plasma donor centre at Orchard Plaza Mall on June 22. From left to right: Canadian Blood Services’ business development manager Janna Pantella, Canadian Blood Services’ operational excellence manager Tyler Burke, Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran and Canadian Blood Services’ centre manager Janine Johns. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
B.C.’s first dedicated plasma donor centre opens in Kelowna

The Kelowna location is the third dedicated plasma donor to open in Canada

Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back to school on Sept. 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Study reassures parents, teachers that COVID-19 infrequently shared at school

Federally funded study in Vancouver finds risk in the classroom and in the community identical

Conservative MP Kevin Waugh rises during Question Period in the House of Commons Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Single-game sports betting about to become legal in Canada

Senate passes bill to take sports gambling away from overseas agencies

Point Roberts is part of the mainland United States but not physically connected to it, to reach the community by land one must pass through Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Closed Canadian border leaves Point Roberts’ only grocery store on verge of closure

‘We’re Americans but we’re not attached to America. It’s easy to forget we’re here,’ says owner Ali Hayton

Robin Sanford and her fiance Simon Park were married in an impromptu ceremony at Abbotsford Regional Hospital on June 16. (Submitted photo)
Mom dies day after witnessing daughter’s hospital wedding in Abbotsford

Nurses help arrange impromptu ceremony in 3 hours for bride and groom

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson with Premier John Horgan after the budget speech Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. home owner grant won’t be altered, despite expert advice

Tax break for residences worth up to $1.6 million too popular

B.C. conservation officer Sgt. Todd Hunter said a black bear is believed to have killed local livestock. (THE NEWS/files)
Black bear believed to have killed miniature donkey in Maple Ridge

Trap set for predator that has been killing livestock

Most Read