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Sudden death in Rutland

Update 11:30 a.m. Dec 4 - Police have released the scene and turned over their findings to the Coroner after a woman was found deceased in her home Sunday night.

On Dec 1, at 11:55 pm, the Kelowna RCMP received a report of a sudden death at an apartment on the 300 block of Franklyn Road.  A 45-year-old Kelowna woman was found deceased inside her residence. Police held the scene while an investigation into her death was conducted. Foul play is not suspected.

The investigation is ongoing and police continue to assist the BC Coroner's Service.


Original Story 4:30 p.m. Dec 3 - Kelowna RCMP are saying very little about a suspicious death at an apartment building in Rutland.

According to residents of the Evergreen Apartments RCMP are investigating the suspicious death of a woman (age unknown) who died in her apartment on Friday November 29. 

Residents say police became aware of the woman's body Sunday evening and started appearing in the building. 

By Monday morning several residents tell Castanet police officers were going door to door at 6 a.m. asking if anyone had seen or heard anything on the 29th. 

An RCMP Officer's business card remains jammed in the door of several apartment doors. 

Cst. Kris Clark would only confirm that a suspicious death occurred at the Evergreen Apartments on Franklin Road on the weekend. 

Two police officers were stationed at both the interior apartment door and exterior sliding door to the apartment patio guarding access to the unit, and maintaining the integrity of the scene.  

Officers on the scene told Castanet they were asked to guard the apartment until an autopsy confirms the cause of death and whether or not it was natural causes, which Clark confirms and says can take several days.

Next door neighbours of the woman say they did not know her well and would not be able to recognize her but she was new to the building.

Neighbours also mentioned that they were hoping to get answer soon, sharing that the news has scared them. One woman told Castanet she is going to get a baseball bat for when her husband works up north.

Police tape remains around the first story apartment unit and guards have been posted round the clock.

Castanet will provide more details as they become available. 

With files from Wayne Moore. 

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