UPDATE: West Kelowna man’s death no longer suspicious

Kelowna Mounties found answers in what was originally deemed a suspicious death

UPDATE: July 12

The Kelowna RCMP said Wednesday that they are now able to confirm that the suspicious death of a 48-year-old West Kelowna man is no longer suspicious in nature.

“The police investigation has determined that there was no foul play involved and the investigation has now been turned over to the BC Coroners Service,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, in a press release.

“The Kelowna RCMP wanted to thank all of those who approached investigators or who called in and provided information, as it assisted us with completing this investigation in a timely manner.”

—-

Monday, June 26, 1:30 p.m.

An abandoned 911 call led Kelowna Mounties to a body this weekend, and now they’re looking for help to figure out what happened.

Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey of the Kelowna RCMP held a press conference Monday in an effort to find answers in a case that opened with a dropped 911 call at 3 a.m. June 24, in the 1900 block of Pacific Court.

“Officers searched the immediate area (of the call) and located a deceased male, along with the cellular phone used to call 911, in the parking lot of an abandoned apartment building in the vicinity,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.

The man, whose name is currently being withheld, was 48-years-old and from West Kelowna.

“RCMP have been unable to determine a clear cause of death during the initial stages of the investigation,” said O’Donaghey. “As such the Kelowna RCMP Serious Crimes Unit has assumed conduct of the investigation and will continue to work closely with the BC Coroner’s Service as both agencies probe the man’s death.”

Distributed to media at the press conference is a pixellated photo of a woman that Mounties believe may hold some answers to the case at hand.

“It’s not clear, the photo is quite pixellated, but we’re hoping it’s enough for the public,” he said.

The woman, he said, was seen in the immediate area of the 911 call and she’s not considered a suspect or a person of interest.

“We are just hoping she will have information to assist with the investigation,” he said.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cpl. Judith Bertrand of the Kelowna RCMP Serious Crimes Unit (SCU) at 250-470-6327. Or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

Just Posted

Cherry growers hope to avoid helicopter use

Extended rainfall can damage cherry crops

Kelowna live-in youth drug treatment program pursued

Fundraising goal for Bridge Youth & Family Services project is to raise $10 million

Second Narrows Bridge collapse survivor remembers tragic day

Kelowna’s Norm Atkinson remembers what it was like to survive B.C. ‘s worst industrial accident

Coldstream standoff suspect enters five guilty pleas

Accused man pleads guilty to five more counts from February standoff with police.

Big summer plans for Big White

A new season has dawned at Big White

What’s happening

Follow Social Squad memeber Matthew Abrey to find out what’s happeing this weekend

Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna suspended for 75 games

23-year-old pitcher faces assault charge

Vancouver Canucks tab Quinn Hughes with No. 7 overall pick in NHL draft

University of Michigan standout was second defenceman picked in first round

Gun, drugs and cash seized in arrest of alleged B.C. fentanyl dealer

Vancouver Island man Brent Connors is facing nine charges in relation to investigation

Jogger spent two weeks in U.S. detention centre after accidentally crossing B.C. border

Cedella Roman, 19, crossed the border while out for a run

PHOTOS: Police rescue baby seal found on rocky B.C. shoreline

Marina Mammal Rescue Centre recommends residents observe from a distance

B.C. woman with severely disabled son keeps getting parking tickets

‘There has to be something they could do’

‘Creep off’ reporting system aims to track street harassment in Metro Vancouver

Text-based hotline launches to collect public reports on where and when harassment occurs

Updated: Weather office says more thunder and strong winds possible Friday afternoon, evening

Environment Canada says winds could gust at up to 70 kilometres per hour

Most Read