August 18, 2015 - 4:30 PM
VERNON - Family members believe they could be close to finding Curtis Wilson, a 24-year-old Lethbridge man who went missing over a month ago and is presumed drowned in Kalamalka Lake.
Wilson’s family refused to give up the search after police divers exhausted their resources in July and appealed to a number of volunteer organizations to help find him.
Wilson’s sister Shanna says a team from the Canadian Search and Disaster Dogs Association was on the water last week in Vernon and believes they made significant headway on the search.
“I believe we’re on the right track and have an area narrowed down, but that’s not certain until we physically have Curtis,” Shanna says.
The dogs are trained to detect human scent, and are capable of smelling skin cells even through the water, she says. The dogs pinpointed a specific area in Cosens Bay, and the next step is for divers to return to the depths in search of Curtis.
“We need specialized divers. It’s fairly deep where we believe he is,” Shanna says.
A sonar team from the Legacy Water Search and Recovery Society is expected to arrive within the week, and the RCMP is willing to send out divers in the coming days, Shanna says.
She feels they are close to finding answers, but remains reluctant to get her hopes up too high.
“At this point it’s been so long, you almost prepare yourself for nothing to happen,” she says.
Wilson was last seen June 27 with a friend, Shane Letkeman, whose body was found in the lake on June 28. Letkeman’s death is not considered suspicious.
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