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English mother's quest for son who went missing in Kelowna continues

Charles Horvath was 20-years-old at the time of his disappearance.
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May 24, 2019 - 3:59 PM

KELOWNA - Charles Horvath left England just over 30 years ago. He was 20 years old and embarking on a gap-year adventure that started in Kelowna at the Tiny Town Campground.

He disappeared three weeks after arriving and was last seen on May 26, 1989 cashing a cheque at the Orchard Park Royal Bank.

His mother Denise Horvath Allan, who recently focused national attention on her son's disappearance as part of Britain's Missing People Choir, has been travelling back to the Okanagan ever since, hoping to raise awareness about her son’s disappearance and uncover any secrets that may lead to the answers about his final days.

"I would like to know where he came to rest the day he died, who was responsible and why he died. I don’t care about the rest,” she said, in a recent interview.

Today, May 24, she renewed the call for information about what happened to her son on the anniversary of the last time he was seen.

"This year Charles’ mother, who has never given up hope that someone will come forward with answers to her beloved son’s disappearance, has written an emotional poem," said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey of the Kelowna RCMP, in a press release. 

"Denise shared this piece of poetry with our investigators, who continue to search for clues and has asked the RCMP to share her literary work with the media and in turn the public."

30 Years
Written by: Denise Horvath-Allan

30 Years
Beautiful Charles, loving son of mine...
30-years of searching, only never to find.

Many times I've crossed the ocean...
the waters ever so blue, always praying a tip, will lead to finding you.

My heart is broken, so filled with sorrow...
I struggle each day, always hoping tomorrow.

You were only 20, a very good man,
living without you... I do the best I can.

After 30-years of searching, I've come to regret...
It's your earthly body, I have to find yet.

Begging all who know wherever you lay,
please send a lead... I so often pray.

My Charles, sweet Charles... my only son.
I will continue my
search, until my earth's work is done.

For whoever knows, what happened to you...
Please speak up now, it's long overdue.

All I want is my child, to have and to bury,
here with his family, in a quaint cemetery.

Please bring me answers, to where Charles'll be found,
I'll dig myself... I'll turn up the ground.

Nobody needs to know, except you and me...
Please send me a tip, and your
heart'll be free.

The RCMP is asking anyone with information to come forward and call Sgt. Paul Gosling of the Kelowna Serious Crime Unit at 250-762-3300. Or if you want to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave an online tip at www.crimestoppers.net.


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