Updated: Kelowna RCMP identify body recovered from Okanagan Lake

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      Update (August 19):

      Kelowna RCMP announced on August 17 that the body recovered from the waters of Okanagan Lake on August 10 has been positively identified as 71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz.

      Janiewicz went missing on May 17 while kayaking on the lake.

      Police do not believe criminality was involved in his death.

      No further information from RCMP or the B.C. Coroners Service is being released at this time.

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      Original article (August 12):

      A few weeks after a body was discovered at Okanagan Lake, another body has been recovered from its waters—this time with the help of sonar.

      According to a Kelowna RCMP news release, a West Kelowna RCMP boat team recovered a body from Okanagan Lake prior to 9 a.m. on August 10.

      The body was located underwater at a depth of 52 metres (170 feet) of water, about half a kilometre (one-third of a mile) from the shoreline of Kelowna’s Gyro Beach.

      Officers were assisted by a sonar expert from Idaho, Utah, in an ongoing investigation. The team was also supported by Shelter Bay Marina, Dockside Marine Centre, and Shoreline Pile Driving.

      RCMP and the B.C. Coroners Service are working to identify the body. RCMP did not disclose the gender of the body.

      No further information is currently being released at the moment but updates will be provided when they become available.  

      On July 31, B.C. RCMP announced that a body that was found on the shore of Okanagan Lake on July 20 was identified as 41-year-old Colin Palmer of Penticton, a kayaker who had been reported missing on July 15.

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