Police Report – employee found dead on logging worksite

The weekly crime blotter from the Ashcroft RCMP Detachment.

Worksite death

Oct. 2 at 6:50 am RCMP were called to a logging worksite on Battle Creek Forestry Service Road on Hwy 1 east of Cache Creek by a man who had arrived at work only to find his co-worker dead in an onsite camper trailer.

David K. Stark, Jr., 33 of Kamloops, had stayed in the camper overnight so that he could start work early the following morning.

No foul play is suspected, but police are investigating the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning, along with the BC Safety Authority and the Coroner’s Office.

Hunting in town

Oct. 4 at 1:30 pm police received a report of a man hunting with a shotgun within the boundaries of Ashcroft near the CN tracks on Evans Rd. The man was located driving down the road into town. He admitted to hunting birds along the tracks and said he had received permission from the CN in Winnipeg, but he didn’t realize he was within Ashcroft’s municipal boundaries. The 68 year old Vancouver man as given a warning.

Truck rollover

Oct. 5 at 10:30 am police were called to a single vehicle accident on Hwy 1 about 20 km east of Cache Creek after a 21 year old woman from Maiden Creek drove her pickup truck off the highway. It rolled the rest of the way down the embankment. She complained of possible whiplash and was taken to Ashcroft hospital for examination. Police suspect possible drowsiness may have been a factor.


Oct. 5 at 8 pm police received a complaint of a group of teenagers causing a disturbance outside the OK Stop in Ashcroft. Twelve youth were located on Railway Ave. near the Irly/Timbr Mart store. They advised that they were celebrating the birthday of one of the group. All were under the age of 18. A bottle of beer and a bottle of Jack Daniels were seized and poured out. The youth were co-operative and went on their way after a warning from the officer about their behaviour.

Watch for deer

Oct. 6 at 8:30 pm police were advised of a single vehicle accident involving a Honda Civic and a deer on Hwy 1 near Ashcroft Ranch. The car was disabled in the accident, but the driver, a 20 year old Salmon Arm man, was uninjured.

Police were called to another deer-related accident the following night, Oct. 7 at 8 pm, on Hwy 1 near Cache Creek. Again, the 23 year old Ashcroft man was uninjured but his GMC pickup truck had to be towed. In both cases, the deer were killed.