Since the beginning of this month, not one, but two, bodies have washed up on the shore of one of Canada’s largest lakes. The two bodies were found in the Okanagan Lake by beach-goers this month just three weeks apart from each other. These bodies were seen floating near the shorelines at two popular beaches. Police continue to investigate both cases.
The first body was found on the morning of April 4, 2019. At around 11:30 AM there was heavy police presence at City Park beach, which is located right in the heart of downtown Kelowna. The area was blocked off while a body was pulled from the water and remained on the shore covered by a large white tarp.
A BC coroner arrived on scene to aid in the investigation. Later that day, RCMP confirmed that the body was that of an adult woman. Emergency crews were unable to revive the woman on scene. RCMP are not ruling the death as suspicious at this time. Since the incident, no further details have been released and the name of the victim will not be published.
The second incident took place this past Easter long weekend. Yesterday on April 21, 2019, a second body washed up on the shore of the Okanagan Lake. This time, it was located at Gyro Beach, found only 3.8 km away from the first incident.
During the warm, sunny afternoon on April 21, 2019, a large number of beach-goers were asked to leave the area following the discovery of a dead body. The incident was called a “medical emergency”. At that time, police were not answering any questions.
At around 2:23 PM, the RCMP received a report that a person was floating face down. Later on, RCMP confirmed yesterday that a body was found floating in the water.
A large number of police attended the scene along with a fire truck and several ambulances. A stretcher was brought onto the beach by BC EMS paramedics.
“The investigation remains in its early stages at this time, as police work alongside the coroner to identify the deceased,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey spokesperson for the Kelowna RCMP. “Once the individual is identified, our next priority will be to properly notify their next of kin.”
The popular beach was blocked off with tape and remained closed for several hours as RCMP and the BC Coroners Service conducted their investigation.
Unfortunately, this isn't the first time that a body has washed up on shorelines in BC. In February of this year, the BC Coroners Service was looking to identify a human remain after a foot washed up on shore in West Vancouver.
Although a scary find, it was far from the first. In fact, this is the 15th human foot found on a BC shoreline since August 2007. Of those found feet, 10 have been matched to missing persons. The other five still remain unidentified.