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Police continue to search for a man who went missing in Okanagan Lake

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October 15, 2017 - 9:10 AM

VERNON - Search efforts continue in attempts to locate a man who went missing after a verbal interaction with police.

Yesterday at roughly 3:12 a.m. in the 8700 block of Okanagan Landing Road the Vernon RCMP received a complaint of a suspicious man, according to a Vernon RCMP release issued yesterday, Oct. 14.

The complaint stated a man tried to enter the home and when the homeowner confronted him he appeared to be distraught. When police arrived on scene, they found a man matching the description. Police say they had a verbal interaction with the man who allegedly became aggressive. After the incident, the man fled on foot towards Okanagan Lake.

In order to apprehend the man police started to set up a containment area, however, as they were setting it up they heard splashing coming lake and say the individual, believed to be the same man, was swimming away from shore. While swimming away from the shore the individual went underwater and police do not believe the man resurfaced.

Using a kayak police immediately began searching the lake but they were unable to find the man, however, these efforts were unsuccessful says Vernon RCMP officer S/Sgt Annie Linteau.
Police also informed a local search and rescue team who attended the scene to search the shoreline and lake. 
"Vernon RCMP are continuing to search for the man with support from the Police Dog Service, Vernon Search and Rescue and the Underwater Recovery Team who have now been deployed to the area," says S/Sgt Linteau/
Anyone who has any information about this incident or this man's whereabouts is asked to contact Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171.

Police did not release a description of the missing man.

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