Police briefs: Searching for clues in Kelowna murder

Glenmore resident Theresa Ashley Neville's death remains a mystery thre years later as murder investigation continues.

  • Sat Jun 18th, 2016 4:00pm
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It has been three years since Glenmore resident Theresa Ashley Neville was found murdered in her home.

It has been three years since Theresa Ashley Neville was found murdered in her Glenmore home.

The investigation by the Kelowna RCMP into her murder is ongoing, evident by their request for anyone with information about the case to contact the police.

Neville was found in her home by paramedics at 12:37 a.m. on June 18, 2013, at her home in the 300 block of Yates Road.

Her death was deemed almost from the outset as suspicious but police have not able to solve the mystery of what happened in her home that led to her death.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cst. Joanne Meyers of the Kelowna RCMP Serious Crime Unit (SCU) at 250-470-6326. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

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The Kelowna RCMP bait car program nabbed a man and woman who allegedly tried to steal the vehicle early Friday morning.

At 8:18 a.m., the Kelowna RCMP learned the bait car had been activated in the Kelowna area and converged on the vehicle while monitoring the two car theft suspects inside via implanted audio and video recording devices in the car.

“The bait car was first spotted by officers as it travelled westbound on Harvey Avenue at Gordon Drive,” said Cst. Jesse O’Donaghey.

“The vehicle then pulled into the 200 block of Leon Avenue where the suspects got out and began to walk away from the bait car. Officers flooded the area and arrested the suspects without incident.”

A 26-year old Kelowna man and a 23-year-old Kelowna woman of no fixed address remain in police custody. They each face potential charges of theft of a motor vehicle under $5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime. The woman also facing a potential additional charge of drive while prohibited.

Police have since determined that the woman was also wanted on an unrelated warrant for her arrest out of West Kelowna.

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The search was on by West Kelowna and Kelowna RCMP on Friday morning to track down a suspected stolen boat traveling on Okanagan Lake.

On June 17, 2016 at 4:43 am, the West Kelowna RCMP received a report of a theft of a paddle boat in progress from a shoreline property in the 1000 block of Westside Road on Friday morning at 4:43 a.m.

The two male suspects were observed stealing the paddle boat, along with a jerry can of fuel, before paddling out to a house boat, also believed to be stolen. Officers arrived in the area as the suspected stolen house boat was traveling under the span, on the west side of the William R. Bennett Bridge.

The suspects spotted police officers as they proceeded towards Mushroom Beach, which caused them to suddenly change their direction. The duo later beached the vessel between Kalamoir Park and Casa Loma Resort. By this time the RCMP boat had been launched into Okanagan Lake to assist.

West Kelowna and Kelowna RCMP officers located and arrested two men and two women observed fleeing the boat. The suspects, a 50-year-old Kelowna man and a 35-year-old West Kelowna man, remain in police custody at this time. Police have determined that the 50-year-old Kelowna man was also wanted on an unrelated warrant for his arrest. The women were identified by police and released at the scene.

“The West Kelowna RCMP continue to investigate and have yet to identify the registered owner of the house boat,” said Cst. Jesse O’Donaghey. “Investigators are mindful that, given the vessels condition, it may have been a previously abandoned boat. RCMP are also investigating whether or not property items located on board are stolen property,” adds O’Donaghey.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.