Kelowna man arrested in Edmonton murder

Detectives from the Edmonton Police Service Homicide Section have charged a Kelowna man in the 2012 death of Philipp Jochen Woehrle, 28.

Woehrle’s body was found by Edmonton Fire Rescue Services after dousing a residential fire in the area of 129 Street and 117 Avenue back on May 8, 2012.

The Medical Examiner determined Woehrle’s manner of death to be homicide. The cause of death has not been released.

Thaven Philip Gardiner, 38, has been charged with first degree murder and damage by fire.

Investigators from the EPS, with the assistance of the Kelowna RCMP Detachment, arrested Gardiner in Kelowna, BC, on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013.

The accused will appear before a Provincial Court Judge in British Columbia where he will be remanded and returned to Edmonton, AB, to face the charges.

The EPS Homicide Section continues to investigate Woehrle’s death.

Anyone who has information about this crime is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at

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