Dead Sur­rey man had links to lo­cal crime scene

The Prince George Citizen - - Front Page - Mark NIELSEN Cit­i­zen staff [email protected]­i­t­i­ – with files from Paul Strickland and The Cana­dian Press

One of the two Sur­rey men who went miss­ing and were later found dead near Ashcroft late last month has a crime-re­lated con­nec­tion to Prince Ge­orge.

In 2005, a then 23-year-old Richard Al­lan Scurr was ar­rested and sub­se­quently sen­tenced to seven months in jail and two years pro­ba­tion for traf­fick­ing in co­caine and re­lated of­fences.

At the time, RCMP al­leged he was a key mem­ber of The Crew, a gang af­fil­i­ated with the No­mads chap­ter of the Hells An­gels.

One of the con­di­tions of his pro­ba­tion was that he stay out of Prince Ge­orge city lim­its.

On March 11, 2005, Prince Ge­orge RCMP fol­lowed Scurr as he drove a leased ve­hi­cle to a dead-end road off North Nechako Road, where he met a sec­ond ve­hi­cle, the Cit­i­zen re­ported at the time.

Po­lice found six plas­tic bags hid­den un­der a cup holder in the ve­hi­cle Scurr was driv­ing. Each con­tained 40 grams of crack co­caine.

The street value was es­ti­mated at $25,000, court heard.

In ad­di­tion, po­lice found $1,135 in cash.

Scurr was even­tu­ally re­leased, but on Sept. 15, 2005 he was charged with a breach of bail con­di­tions when he was found in pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana.

He was again charged with breach of bail con­di­tions Sept. 16, 2005 when he was dis­cov­ered to be out at 11:30, af­ter a 10 p.m. cur­few.

On Sept. 17, 2005 he was once more in vi­o­la­tion of the cur­few when he took a trip to Ques­nel af­ter hours.

Sub­se­quently he was found in pos­ses­sion of a cell­phone pro­hib­ited un­der bail con­di­tions as well as a small amount of mar­i­juana, court was told dur­ing sen­tenc­ing on Dec. 5, 2005.

Co-ac­cused Bernard Sch­nei­der was sen­tenced on May 23, 2007 to one year in jail and one year pro­ba­tion.

Dur­ing the sen­tenc­ing hear­ing for Sch­nei­der, the court heard that po­lice saw a white bag that turned out to con­tain 143 grams of crack co­caine with a street value in a range of $14,000 to $19,000 passed from Sch­nei­der’s ve­hi­cle to the ve­hi­cle of the coac­cused.

On Aug. 20, the bod­ies of Scurr and Ryan Provencher were found near Aschcroft.

Moun­ties said ma­jor crime in­ves­ti­ga­tors were called in be­cause po­lice be­lieve the deaths “in­volve crim­i­nal­ity.”

Po­lice say they were called to a ru­ral area north of Spences Bridge and the BC Coro­ners Ser­vice has con­firmed their iden­ti­ties.

The two were last seen July 17 in Metro Van­cou­ver.

At that time, po­lice said the 38-year-old Provencher and 37-year-old Scurr planned to travel to the south­ern In­te­rior and pre­lim­i­nary in­for­ma­tion in­di­cated the men reached their des­ti­na­tion, 35 kilo­me­tres north­east of Lyt­ton, along the Thompson River.

Provencher’s white 2019 Jeep Chero­kee was found on July 21, parked in a wooded area near Logan Lake.

An air and ground search of a wooded area around Logan Lake was con­ducted af­ter the Jeep was re­cov­ered.

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