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RCMP manhunt underway for suspect who may be in boat stolen on Okanagan Lake

Image Credit: Global Okanagan/Kimberly Davidson (with permission)
May 21, 2016 - 3:25 PM

WEST KELOWNA – Police are looking for a suspect who got away after a chase from West Kelowna to Bear Creek Provincial Park this morning.

RCMP say it all started at 9:29 a.m., May 21, when officers were called to a disturbance between a man and a woman at a business in the 2600-block of Ross Road in West Kelowna.

When police arrived, the man and woman took off in a 1990s GMC Jimmy and a chase ensued, according to a RCMP media release. Police aren’t saying what the nature of the disturbance was or if any crime was committed at the business.

RCMP say the Jimmy, which was being driven in a “dangerous manner,” was found abandoned near Bear Creek Provincial Park.

The police service dog tracked down the woman, but it looks like the man stole a boat on Okanagan Lake to get away. Police aren’t saying what, if any charges, the woman faces or if she is in custody.

RCMP received a report of a boat stolen in the area and investigators think the suspect may have taken it to make good his escape, although they can’t confirm that at this time.

Police describe the suspect as man in his 30s, 6’2” tall, heavy set and bald. He was wearing a blue sweater, purple shirt, blue jeans and white runners.

The boat he may have stolen is dark green with a beige strip near the top. It has a flat hull, is pointed at the front, with three seats and a Minkota motor.

RCMP aren’t saying if the man is dangerous, but do say if you spot the boat or the suspect to not approach them and call 911.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

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