Police make arrests in Vernon homicide

Will Bartz is pictured in this undated photo.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Teresa Bartz

VERNON – RCMP have two people in custody in connection with a suspicious Vernon death now deemed a homicide.

Vernon RCMP media relations officer Const. Kelly Brett says in a media release today, Oct. 15, a 40-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man were arrested on Friday and held in custody over the weekend.

They are facing second-degree murder charges in the death of Will Bartz, 50. His body was found in an apartment at the Sundance Suites in the 2900 block of 43 Avenue in Vernon on July 19, 2017.

Bartz was a volunteer at the Upper Room Mission in Vernon and was known by many in the community.

At the time of his death, his sister Teresa Bartz of Manitoba said she didn’t understand why anyone would want to hurt her brother who she described as a kind-hearted person who made friends everywhere he went.

RCMP aren’t releasing the identities of the suspects, but say they are scheduled to appear in court today.


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