Unsolved crimes: Kelowna

You could have the missing piece of the puzzle that will help the RCMP put someone behind bars. Here are some recent crimes that Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers hope you can help solve by calling our anonymous tips line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), visit our website at www.crimestoppers.net or text to CRIMES (274637), keyword Ktown.


DATE: October 24, 2012

RCMP FILE: 2012-59512/59516

RCMP were kept busy with fires in the Rutland area on Tuesday, October 23 and early morning Wednesday, October 24. At 11:15 PM a dumpster fire situated on a vacant lot on the 1400 block of Gibson Road (on McKenzie Bench) was discovered and reported. The fire was contained to the garbage within the bin. While extinguishing that fire, firefighters eyed another blaze in the distance. This was another intentionally set fire on Campion Street near Sexsmith Road. The suspects lit a large pile of reclaimed lumber stacked in a parking lot. The fire also claimed a 1968 GMC pickup, overhead power lines and caused minor damage to a nearby building.

If you know anything about this crime, or any other crime, call the Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tips line at 1-800-222-TIPS or visit our website at www.crimestoppers.net. Your information will be kept confidential and could lead to a reward of up to $2000.00.


DATE: October 27, 2009

RCMP FILE: 2009-55555

Just after 2:00 AM on October 27, 2009 the body of 20 year old Christopher HETU was discovered in Mill Bridge Park just off Gordon Drive in Kelowna. The ensuing police investigation determined that Hetu died as a result of gunshot wounds and was the victim of a homicide. Neighborhood inquiries revealed that 3-5 gunshots were heard between 1:10 AM and 1:15 AM. Hetu had been seen entering the park at approximately 1:00 AM on a BMX bike via the Gordon Drive Entrance (across from Brookside Avenue). Christopher had recently re-located to Kelowna from Prince George.

Police investigators strongly believe that there are individuals in Kelowna and Prince George that have information about this murder. We are asking these individuals to come forward with this information and assist in identifying the person or persons responsible for Christopher's death.

You can help catch these suspects and qualify for a reward by calling Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tips line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), visit our website at www.crimestoppers.net or text to CRIMES (274637), keyword Ktown.

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