Owner of abandoned vehicle located

Student abandons car in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park

  • Sep. 16, 2011 6:00 p.m.

The owner of an abandoned vehicle received a lesson in police work.

On Monday, the Vernon RCMP detachment received a call from a citizen that a car with Alberta plates had been left in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park.

Due to high call volumes, an officer didn’t get to the park until Tuesday morning. He located the vehicle open with the keys, a wallet and a cell phone in it.

“The officer checked the cell and read text messages between the owner and friends indicating they were going cliff diving in the park,” said Gord Molendyk, with the RCMP.

“Concerned that something may have happened to the owner, the police service dog teams were called to the park to check along the cliff area.”

The officer then used the cell phone to contact  someone in the address book.

“They had just spoken to the owner and he was in class at UBC in Kelowna,” said Molendyk.

“The owner, a 20-year-old man was spoken to by police. He advised that he did go to the park after a night of partying. He was still feeling the effects of the night at the time and thought he had lost his keys in the lake so he left the vehicle there and planned to go back in a few days.”