Second degree murder charge laid in the 2016 death of Arlene Westervelt

Kelowna, Lake Country, BC – Further investigation by the Southeast District Major Crime Unit revealed that the drowning death of Arlene Westervelt, initially thought by investigators to be a tragic accident on the water, is now believed to be a homicide.

56-year-old Arlene Susan Westervelt died on June 26, 2016, while canoeing and picnicking along the shores of Okanagan Lake near Lake Country B.C. Despite an extensive search of Okanagan Lake by local fire and rescue personnel that evening. Arlene’s body was recovered the following day in 35 feet of water, approximately 100 feet from the shore by specially trained divers of the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team.

Water – File Photo

On April 6, 2019, after a lengthy police investigation 63-year-old Lake Country resident Lambertus (Bert) Westervelt has been formally charged with second degree murder for the alleged homicide death of his wife, Arlene Susan Westervelt on June 26, 2016.

“Bert Westervelt was taken into police custody without incident on Friday afternoon in Lake Country,” states RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey of the Kelowna Regional Detachment. “RCMP Southeast District Major Crime investigators are very grateful for the public’s assistance throughout the course of this investigation.”

Bert Westervelt has since been remanded into custody and is expected to appear in Court next on Monday April 8, 2019 in Kelowna.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Southeast District Major Crime Unit at the dedicated tip line 1-877-987-8477.

File # 2016-35472

Kelowna RCMP

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