Body found in Shuswap River

Identity now up to coroners office

Dental records will be used to determine the identity of a man’s body pulled from the Shuswap River near Enderby Saturday.

Vernon Search and Rescue crews were on the water searching for an Enderby teen missing since the night of May 27 when they discovered the body at around 3 p.m.

The body was found tangled in some branches just below the water surface three kilometres from Riverside Park.

“The body was recovered by our dive team at around 7 p.m. and turned over to the coroner for identification and for the investigation to continue,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk Monday morning.

“Due to the advanced state of decomposition of the body, they have to go to dental records, and they hope the identification can be done in the next couple of days.”

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP have two missing people in their region that they are aware of.

One is the 17-year-old Enderby boy, who was last seen in Riverside Park with a group of friends on the evening of May 27. When he didn’t return home the next day, a family search of the park turned up the teen’s backpack, hoodie and toque beside a picnic table which was in close proximity to the fast-flowing Shuswap River that borders the park.

The other missing person is a 31-year-old Vernon man presumed drown after he allegedly fell into the swift waters of Monashee Creek near the Goldpanner Campground near Cherryville on May 20.

“We want to be 100 per cent sure with the identity before we release any information,” said Molendyk. At this point we can’t with just a recovery. We don’t know. It could be an individual we don’t know about. We have to cover all aspects.”

Search and rescue crews have spent a couple of days per week over the last few weeks searching for the body of the Vernon man, but they are still hampered by the continually rising level of Monashee Creek.