VERNON (NEWS 1130) – A group of 20 woman demonstrated on the steps of the Vernon courthouse today in what organizer Meagan Louis says was part of a campaign to end violence against women.
Louis advocates for missing and murdered women and says the group will keep holding events after police uncovered the remains of 18-year-old Traci Genereaux on a nearby farm. She says four other women are still missing.
“We want to spark change and we want to keep the pressure with the police and the investigators, so it’s important to keep doing these things. To keep coming together and to seek justice as well; to stand up for what’s right.”
The rally was held as a judge decided the case of a BC man accused of threatening a woman with a gun in the Interior earlier this year has been put over until mid-December.
Thirty-seven-year-old Curtis Sagmoen appeared via video link on charges that include uttering threats, pointing a firearm and disguising his face with the intent to commit an offence in allegations that date back to August.
Sagmoen’s arrest prompted a public warning to the general public and sex workers to take extra precautions for their safety around Salmon River Road.
Police spent weeks searching the 10-hectare farm for Genereaux. The property title shows it belongs to Wayne and Evelyn Sagmoen.
Police have not made a link between the search and the public warning issued in October and none of the charges against Sagmoen have been tested in court.