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Police arrest, charge 62-year-old man for Bernard Ave. murder

The body of Warren Welters, 51, was found in this house on Bernard Ave. June 14, 2015. Police have arrested and charged a suspect with second degree murder.
June 30, 2015 - 1:54 PM

KELOWNA – A 62-year-old Kelowna man has been arrested and charged with the murder of a man found dead in his home on Bernard Avenue two weeks ago.

Daniel Garth Ruff, 62, was taken into custody by Kelowna Serious Crimes investigators Monday, June 29 and appeared in Kelowna court Tuesday morning. He is charged with second-degree murder of Warren Welters, 51, who moved to Kelowna from Surrey two years ago.

A friend and co-worker of Welters called him a generous and caring man who loved nature and loved to talk.

“He loved gardening, he loved his plants,” she told Infonews.ca. “He was a social butterfly who loved to talk, talk, talk.”

Police have not released the cause of death but according to Cpl. Joe Duncan, there were several people inside the home at 8:30 p.m. when the body was discovered.

Ruff has a minor criminal history in B.C., including a one-year peace bond issued to him in 2008 and a subsequent breach later that year. He remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in court via video on July 10, 2015. 

Warren Welters loved gardening, cars, nature and sports.
Warren Welters loved gardening, cars, nature and sports.
Image Credit: Facebook

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infonews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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