School teacher John Keeley, pictured here in 2001. (VSS Yearbook image)

RCMP assist coroner in investigation of body near Lumby

Vernon Search and Rescue located body near south end of Mabel Lake up steep embankment

  • Jul. 28, 2018 10:30 p.m.

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are now supporting the BC Coroners Service in an investigation into the body that was found Friday night.

Vernon Search and Rescue were conducting patrols of Mabel Lake as part of the ongoing coordinated search for a missing kayaker, John Keeley, who was reported missing on July 18, 2018. During the meticulous search of the area, members of Vernon SAR ultimately located the deceased in a steep embankment from the water’s edge.

“The ground search and recovery of the body was very difficult due to the hazardous terrain and dense foliage, requiring both teamwork and technical rope gear,” said Vernon Search and Rescue Director Trevor Honigman.

The death is not believed to be suspicious.

The B.C. Coroners Service, now in charge of the file, is working to officially determine the identity of the decedent, however has confirmed the remains match those of a male in his 50’s.

Keeley, a Vernon Secondary School teacher, has been missing for more than a week and search efforts have concentrated on the Lumby end of Mabel Lake after the teacher’s kayak was found abandoned on the lake and his vehicle was found locked at a lake parking lot.

“This breaks my heart. His poor family. He was such an amazing teacher/coach,” said Karla Balardo, a VSS graduate, on Facebook. “I looked up to him and he taught me SOOO much! Amazing guy that I will never forget! May you RIP Mr. Keeley.”

RELATED: Search escalates for missing school teacher

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

UBCO Heat teams unable to secure any wins against Mount Royal Cougars

The mens and womens volleyball and basketball teams went 0-4, but all have rematches Saturday night

Rockets held scoreless in loss against Red Deer

Rockets will look for some points in final game of road trip against Edmonton

New maintenance crew to look after Okanagan Connector

Acciona Infrastructure Maintenance Inc. will replace Argo Road Maintenance Inc. in 2019

Kelowna’s definitive Christmas market list

We’ve prepared a list of every market in the Central Okanagan

Your guide to winter light ups around the Okanagan

From Vernon to Summerland, with a stop in Kelowna, we’ve found some activities for you to enjoy

Trudeau offers to help Pacific islands face climate change impact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the leaders from the Pacific island nations on Saturday during the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea

Canadian military’s template for perfect recruits outdated: Vance

Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff says that the military has to change because the very nature of warfare is changing, particularly when it comes to cyber-warfare

‘Toxic’ chosen as the Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

Other top contenders for 2018 include ‘gaslighting’ and ‘techlash’

RCMP bust illegal B.C. cannabis lab

Marijuana may be legal but altering it using chemicals violates the Cannabis Act

Canada defeats Germany 29-10 in repechage, moves step closer to Rugby World Cup

Hong Kong needs a bonus-point win over Canada — scoring four or more tries — while denying the Canadians a bonus point

Avalanche Canada in desperate need of funding

The organization provides avalanche forecasting for an area larger than the United Kingdom

5 B.C. cities break temperature records

Parts of B.C. remain warm, at 10 C, while others feeling chilly

Hodge: The long road to recovery

Kelowna - The first week of recovery I was too consumed in pain to notice the lack of fluid.

Letter: Teaching children to be compassionate is never a bad thing

Kelowna - Teaching Mandarin in schools? That gets my vote.

Most Read