Cause of hunter’s death under investigation

Body of Lake Country man, Tracy De Montezuma, found in Wilma Lake area following extensive search

The cause of a Lake Country man’s death is still under investigation.

Tracy De Montezuma, 52, who was last seen Sept. 29, was found at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday 600 metres from his truck in the Wilma Lake area.

De Montezuma had left home to do some hunting, and when he didn’t return, authorities were called.

The RCMP have turned the case over to the B.C. Coroners Service.

The five-day search for De Montezuma involved nine search crews from across the Interior, including Vernon.

Just on Thursday alone, there were 77 volunteers on the ground, a helicopter, two aircraft and search dogs.

“It’s very difficult terrain,” said Pete Wise, with Vernon Search and Rescue.

“You can’t see five feet in front of you because of (tree) debris and rock.”