As the Rossland community mourns one of its own lost through a violent act, the Southeast District RCMP continue to actively seek and follow up tips into the murder of Thomas Feeney.
The body of Mr. Feeney was found in his home on Feeney Road in Rossland last Thursday following what Mounties have said is a violent homicide during a robbery.
“I cannot speak to what stage the investigation is at other than to say this is a very active and ongoing investigation,” Cst. Kris Clark from the Kelowna detachment told the Trail Times Wednesday.
Public safety is paramount, and this is a priority investigation, he added.
“Any and all resources needed to identify the individual or individuals are in place.”
Autopsy results are being withheld pending the course of a trial, said Clark.
“This is necessary to protect the integrity of the investigation.”
Preliminary findings from the ongoing investigation lead investigators to believe that this was a random incident or a crime of opportunity against the 75-year-old man.
Specific items missing from Feeney's home include an LCD television; ammunition-reloading equipment and five firearms, one described as a unique rifle with an octagon-shaped barrel and distinctive firing mechanism and sight.
Tips are being received from the public but the RCMP ask anyone with information to contact the
tipline at 1.877.987.8477.