Alleged murder victim was engaged to be married

Aimee Parkes and Ryan Quigley were set to be married this summer.

Aimee Parkes and Ryan Quigley in happier times.

Aimee Parkes and Ryan Quigley in happier times.

Aimee Parkes and Ryan Quigley were set to be married this summer.

Now Mounties consider Parkes, 35, a murder victim and Quigley, 34 is in police custody.

A footprint of the couple’s time together has been left online.

Their engagement announcement was posted in April 2013. According to a wedding planning website, they were set to be married July 26.

Several photos show the pair smiling. One picture shows their names written in sand, surrounded by a heart.

Parkes, who was a branch assistant at a local bank, was found dead Tuesday morning. Investigators believe an autopsy will prove she was murdered.

Steve Russell woke up Tuesday morning to police outside his home and tape up to his driveway, cordoning off his neighbour’s residence.

He said he has known Quigley for 10 years, but recently noticed his neighbour was in a somber mood.

“Within the last couple weeks he sold his vehicle, he sold all of his yard maintenance equipment and (went) into a depression,” said Russell, who added he drove Quigley to the pawn shop twice in the last two weeks to sell his lawn maintenance equipment.

Russell also said he had overheard the couple arguing a few times; he also indicated Quigley had used drugs in the past, but said he has been clean for some time.

According to Michelle Novakowski, executive director of the Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society, several staff members were shaken up after hearing Parkes had been found dead.

“We’re pretty passionate about our work and whenever we hear of a loss of someone in town, you always wonder if there was anything you could’ve done, or is this someone you should’ve known about, or did know about,” said Novakowski.

Domestic violence cases are a disturbingly consistent problem in the region.

A Statistics Canada report released in 2012 showed Kelowna ranked third nationwide for incidents of domestic violence, with 346 police-reported victims per 100,000 people in 2010.

Novakowski said it’s uncertain whether or not that number has lowered in recent years.

“Our calls are pretty consistent—very high. We don’t have wait lists for our victim service program, but we are really stretched. We do find the severity is quite high here.

“We have a criteria for the highest risk cases and we work, as a team, quite intensely on those cases to try to get women to safety and to try to have accountability for the offender.”

According to an RCMP press release, police first responded to the Hiawatha mobile home park after Parkes failed to show up for work Tuesday morning.

Capital News reached out to Parkes’ employer, CIBC Wood Gundy; however, they opted not to comment on the situation.

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