Kelowna Mounties have been given the job of investigating an abandoned firearm concealed in an unexpected location, for the second time in under a month.
The newest file found its way to Mounties around 2:20 p.m. Sunday, when cleaning staff at a Lake Country hotel in the 2400 block of Highway 97 came upon a handgun.
“One of the cleaning staff was making up the bed in the room and found a handgun between the mattress and the box spring,” said Const. Steve Holmes, noting the room was vacant.
“The gun is a smaller calibre semi automatic and police are investigating the previous hotel clients who stayed in the room in order to determine its ownership and the circumstances that brought it to where it was found.”
Holmes couldn’t say whether the gun had been fired in recent months, weeks or days.
He also didn’t have any new information on the long-gun that was found Nov. 1, by a construction crew clearing brush on a lot at the corner of Highland Drive and Clifton Road.
At the time of its discovery, a 10-member tactical squad conducted a thorough ground search on their hands and knees, sifting through the dirt with their fingers to find more evidence relating to the gun.
The rifle was to be forensically examined at a RCMP lab to determine if it is linked to any crime.
Holmes said there’s no new information on that file.