Human remains found at Hannaford Road house fire, owner John Banky still considered missing

Human remains have been found at the scene of a Hannaford Road home that burned down March 30, but officials say its homeowner John Banky is still considered a missing person.

In an update Wednesday morning, North District RCMP say the BC Coroners Services is responsible for identifying the remains, which have not yet been identified. The investigation remains in its early stages, police say.

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A Facebook photo of John Banky and his dog.

Banky’s home on Hannaford Road just off Highway 29 was razed by fire on March 30, as was his pickup truck, which was found on the Golf Course Road. Banky’s dog was found in Fort St. John a few days later.

The North District Major Crimes Unit, along with Fort St. John RCMP, forensic specialists, North District Regional GIS, and police dog services continue to investigate.

Banky is described as five-feet-nine-inches, with red hair and hazel eyes. He weighs around 190 pounds.

Police were called to investigate the house fire around 3:16 a.m. March 30. Three hours later, at 6:29 a.m., police responded to a report that Banky's vehicle was on fire on the Golf Course Road near Charlie Lake. 

Police are looking to speak with anyone who was in the area of either fire scene on Hannaford or the Golf Course roads between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. on March 30.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8140, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Police say no futher information is being released at this time to protect the integrity of their investigation.

Police and forensic investigators search the scene of a house fire Monday evening. - Matt Preprost
Forensic investigators on scene Monday evening. - Matt Preprost
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