Update: RCMP confirm body found in submerged vehicle was Brittany Storey

The Manitoba RCMP says that a body found in a submerged vehicle near Molson, Man., is believed to be that of Brittany Storey.

Storey, a 29-year-old woman from Winnipeg, was reported missing on June 6, 2024, around 4:10 p.m. According to the RCMP, Storey was last in contact with friends via a group chat, during which she mentioned hitting a tree before the call abruptly ended. Subsequent attempts to reach her were unsuccessful.

Storey's vehicle, a white 2016 Dodge Journey with Manitoba licence plate LFR 884, was also missing. Police conducted extensive patrols between Rennie and Winnipeg, covering back roads, but found no trace of Storey or her vehicle. She had not shown up for work, returned home, or been active on social media since the incident.

RCMP efforts to locate Storey intensified with new information pointing to the Molson area. RCMP Remote Piloted Aircraft Services deployed a drone on June 9, to aid in the search, assisted by the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA).

Authorities had been actively interviewing individuals connected to the case and continue to urge the public for any information regarding Storey's disappearance. Despite extensive searches, there had been no sightings of Storey or her vehicle until the recent discovery.

The RCMP says that at approximately 12:00 p.m. on June 11, the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team responded to a location near Molson, where vehicle tracks were seen leading into a pond. Upon investigation, a submerged vehicle was discovered and subsequently retrieved from the water. Inside, officers found a body believed to be that of Brittany Storey. The RCMP says that confirmation of the identification will be made following an autopsy.

The Whitemouth RCMP continues to investigate. Molson is approximately 48 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.