Arrest over the weekend in 2015 West Kelowna homicide

West Kelowna, BC – RCMP executed an arrest over the weekend in connection to the 2015 homicide of Hazel Budiongan, found deceased inside her West Kelowna home.

On November 4, 2015 West Kelowna RCMP responded to a fire at 2311 Boucherie Road in West Kelowna. Inside the residence, police located a deceased 37-year-old female, who was later identified as Hazel Budiongan.

Hazel’s death and the blaze to her home were treated as suspicious in nature.

“On May 26, 2017, police arrested 57-year-old Kevin Costin for the alleged murder of Hazel Budiongan,” says Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey spokesperson for the Kelowna Regional RCMP Detachment. “Costin has been charged with 2nd degree murder, arson and indignity to human remains. He is scheduled to appear in Kelowna Law Courts on May 29, 2017.”

The 18 month long investigation culminated in the identifying of the person alleged to be responsible for her death and charge approval being received from Crown Counsel based on the investigations findings, states Insp. Anna Marie Mallard, Regional Operations Officer / Investigative Services Officer of the Kelowna Regional Detachment. Throughout the course of this investigation our officers remained committed to finding who was responsible for Hazel’s death.

Both Hazel and her family deserved this, adds Insp. Mallard. By finding who was responsible we are hopeful of providing a sense of closure for Hazel’s loved ones and answers to the community that was affected by this terrible tragedy, she adds.

Costin resided in the Kelowna area prior to his arrest and was the husband of Budiongan at the time of her death.

Police File # 2015-61673

Kelowna RCMP

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