A woman found dead in a Kelowna orchard Wednesday morning was murdered, say police.

Kelowna RCMP responded to an orchard in the 2100 block of Cooper Road for a report of a body found shortly before 11 a.m.

“Police can now confirm that the body discovered is that of a female, believed to be between . . . 25 and 35 years of age,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey in a news release Thursday morning.

The Kelowna RCMP’s serious crimes unit has taken the lead on the murder investigation, working with forensic investigators and the BC Coroners Service.

“Once the victim has been positively identified, our priority will be to properly notify the woman’s next of kin,” said O’Donaghey.

Police do not believe the murder was a random attack.

Anyone with information is asked to call RCMP at 250-762-3300.

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