Update: Weapon found near bodies in West Kelowna, say Mounties

Mounties are continuing their investigation into the deaths of a man and woman found in seemingly suspicious circumstances in West Kelowna.

The bodies of the 20-year-old man and the 31-year-old woman were discovered March 2 at 7:02 a.m. in close proximity to one another, in the area of Shannon Way and Westville Way.

"The RCMP are confirming that a weapon was recovered at the scene," said  Const. Jesse O'Donaghey, Kelowna RCMP spokesperson, in a press release.

Although rumours are running rampant, O'Donaghey said the circumstances surrounding the suspected cause and motive of both deaths is being withheld pending further investigation and interviews of the family and associates of both of the deceased.

“Investigators do believe that this was an isolated incident, however we are not yet classifying these deaths,” said O’Donaghey.

“Autopsies are pending, which are expected to be conducted sometime next week, to aid investigators in determining the exact cause of deaths for both individuals,” adds O’Donaghey.

RCMP are not releasing names of the deceased, however, they have become public knowledge through other news outlets and through friends and family expressing their grief through social media.

The 31 year old woman is believed to be Kimberly Ansell, a mother of two, who lived in West Kelowna.

The 20 year old is believed to be Marcello Verna.

The West Kelowna RCMP and the BC Coroner’s Service continue to work closely in this investigation. Updated information will be provided as it becomes available by either the RCMP or the BC Coroner’s Service.



West Kelowna RCMP are investigating the discovery of a dead man and woman, their deceased bodies found in an area identified as at Shannon Way and Westville Way.

The bodies were discovered at 7:02 a.m. this morning.

Police and the BC Coroner’s Service are currently investigating the scene where the bodies were located.

Police say more details will be released as the investigation continues.

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