Despite two bodies washing up on the shores of two separate Kelowna beaches in April, RCMP are claiming there is no risk to the public.
Police and emergency services were called April 4 to City Park after a woman was found floating face down in Okanagan Lake. The identity of the woman is not being release but police said the incident is not suspicious.
Then, this past Sunday, a young boy discovered the body of Caitlin Midori Bradley in the waters off Gyro Beach.
The 29-year-old is a resident of Surrey, though friends say she’d called Kelowna home for a while. She’d recently been employed as a dancer at a local bar.
At this point in the investigation, police haven not officially classified Bradley’s death but investigators do not believe criminality was involved.
Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said despite the tragic nature of these events, the incidents are not connected to one another.
However, several news agencies outside of the Okanagan appear to be drawing comparisons between the incidents. One went so far as to call the events “terrifying”.
O’Donaghey assures tourists and locals that these were isolated incidents.
“The circumstances of each of the sudden deaths are being looked at by RCMP investigators and the BC Coroners Service, however there is nothing at this time to indicate that the greater public or visitors to the Okanagan are at any risk,” he stated.
He explained in certain instances the Kelowna RCMP will provide information or warnings that would prevent crime, or reduce the risks.
“That is not required as a result of these recent incidents. Kelowna is a safe community that is not defined by these two tragic losses.”