Police watchdog investigating West Kelowna man’s disappearance, death

The man left his home on July 17 and was found deceased on July 20

B.C.’s police watchdog is investigating a West Kelowna man’s disappearance and death.

According to the information given to the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) by the RCMP, officers attended a man’s residence in West Kelowna around 9 a.m. on July 16. Officers were at the residence with regard to an ongoing investigation.

On July 17, the man left his home, and family members contacted police as they were concerned for the man’s welfare.

Police searched for the man for the next several days, finding him deceased on July 20.

The investigation appears to be connected to 49-year-old Glen Tarbet, who went missing in West Kelowna and was last seen on July 17.

At the time, police said they were concerned for his well-being and that he was last seen leaving his home in his 2018 black Ford Explorer. Investigation indicated he was last known to be in the Bear Creek area.

The police watchdog is now investigating to see if RCMP officers’ actions had a role in the man’s death. The BC Coroners Service is also conducting an independent investigation to determine how, when and where the man died.

The IIO is an independent civilian oversight agency that investigates officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death.

READ: RCMP seek assistance in locating missing West Kelowna man

Twila Amato
Video journalist, Black Press Okanagan
Email me at twila.amato@blackpress.ca
Follow me on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

149 cases of COVID-19 linked to Kelowna

Nine new cases were reported in the Interior Health region over the long weekend’s four reporting periods

Former Kelowna resident makes fundraising goal for cancer fertility treatments

Rebecca Hamilton recieved a boost in a battle against cancer - $25,000 for post chemo treatments

No appointment needed: COVID-19 testing access expanded in Kelowna

First-come, first-serve testing centre opens in downtown Kelowna

B.C. records 146 new COVID-19 cases through long weekend

More that 28 people tested positive for the virus each day since Friday

COVID-19 vaccine efforts provide hope but no silver bullet to stop pandemic: Tam

There are more than two dozen vaccines for COVID-19 in clinical trials around the world

Passengers escape unharmed from destructive houseboat fire in Shuswap

Cause of blaze on Mara Lake under investigation, flames erupt at 2 a.m. Aug. 4

Alberta vehicles allegedly damaged in Summerland

Lug nuts loosened, windows smashed in several instances in Okanagan community

Study shines light on what makes LGBTQ+ youth feel safe in a community

The study goes beyond looking at school or family supports

Alberta to require masks at schools this fall, but still no mandate in B.C.

B.C. students are also set to return to classrooms in September

UPDATE: Water bombers attack wildfire north of Sicamous above Shuswap Lake

Wildfire BC reports fire is still classified out of control, 25 personnel on ground

First degree murder charges for North Okanagan woman

59-year-old woman charged in Round Lake suspicious death incident

Splatsin Elder struggles to stop tubers from accessing his private property

Nathan Kinbasket has a certificate of possession on the area

Most Read