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Homicide investigators have locked down a rustic campground in Boston Bar, British Columbia, after a man attending a music festival was discovered dead early Sunday (June 24), CTV News, Vancouver, reported.
Police were called to the Sandy Pines Campground shortly after 3:30 a.m. where a man in his 20s was pronounced dead at the scene. He was found inside a tent set up just a few feet away from half a dozen other tents.
The victim was among more than 1,000 people who were camping out the for the Entheos Gathering summer solstice festival that began Friday.
Campground owner Robert Walters was stunned a murder investigation is now underway on his property.
“To have something like this happen was, it’s quite shocking,” Walters told CTV News.
Sgt. Jennifer Pound of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says local police haven’t had trouble with the festival in the past.
“It’s my understanding this event has been going on for the past three years and it’s typically very peaceful. They don’t have any issues here,” she said.
Pound said the victim met with foul play, but police have no motive or suspect. The campground is surrounded by a low fence that could easily be jumped.
Investigators are asking people who are anxious to leave the campground to speak with them first. But because of the high number of campers, this process could take several days.
“Once 8 o’clock hits tonight, there’s not going to be anybody that’s going to allowed to leave,” Pound said on Sunday.
Detectives will keep watch over the campground overnight and restart interviewing potential witnesses today.
The festival was supposed to run until noon today. On Sunday, music could be heard from the campground even as people started to learn of the tragedy.
The victim’s identity won’t be released until his next of kin are notified. He was not from British Columbia.