Published Jul 22, 2014Over the weekend, speculation abounded when the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team was called to the Pemberton Music Festival to look into what was believed to be a suspicious death. Now, the authorities have determined that no foul play was involved.
An autopsy was completed yesterday (July 21), following the passing of 21-year-old Regina man Nick Phongsavath, whose body was found in his tent on Friday evening (July 18).
Staff sergeant Jennifer Pound said in a statement, "As a result of evidence found at the scene, witness statements and the autopsy completed on Nick Phongsavath, it has been determined that foul play is not a contributing factor in his death."
As such, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team are backing out of the investigation and the case is going to the Sea-to-Sky Detachment. From here, enquiries will be under the jurisdiction of the RCMP in Whistler and Pemberton.
The deceased's family released the following statement: "We would like to thank the IHIT team, the Whistler and Pemberton RCMP, Victim Services, and representatives from the Pemberton Music Festival for allowing us to have closure and supporting us through our journey to Pemberton, our time here, and making it easier for us to deal with this tragedy. We would like to thank all of our friends and family for their continued support and would like to ask the media to respect our privacy during this difficult time."