Closure is being sought for the family of a young man who has failed to surface after his friend’s body was discovered in Kalamalka Lake one year ago.
The anniversary of the disappearance of Curtis Wilson (who is from Grande Prairie, Alberta) was recently marked with his parents visiting Vernon. Meanwhile siblings and friends also observed the occasion.
“We had a balloon release, nowhere specific, I just had everyone release balloons, wherever they were,” said sister Shanna Wilson.
The event served as a reminder that it was one year ago, on June 27, 2015, that 23-year-old Curtis last contacted his family.
“The family hasn’t had closure,” said Sharron Schepkowski, a friend who wants to help bring awareness to the disappearance.
“We are still working on some searches and we do believe he is in the lake,” said Shanna, who is hopeful someone will be going down to search the lake further this summer.
RCMP investigations have all led to believe Curtis’ body is in fact in Kal Lake, since his traveling partner was found in the lake and Curtis’ car was discovered in the area full of fuel.
All resources and means of the police have so far not located Curtis.
Meanwhile answers are also being sought by the family around what took place after Curtis last spoke with his family.
“(Curtis) was last seen in Vernon Saturday morning with a couple people including his ‘buddy’ having breakfast in Vernon,” said brother Kyle Wilson, in a public plea on Facebook. “The car they were driving was found at the south end of Cosens Bay, Kalamalka Lake near the cabins. The guy he was with was found dead Sunday afternoon in the lake…
“So anyone with information, maybe seen him, anything at all my family needs information.”
Not knowing what happened, the family is left with many unanswered questions, said Schepkowski.
“That’s why people are unsettled. Nobody knows what transpired.”