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Family looks for answers

The family of an Alberta man who went missing on Okanagan Lake last week is still looking for answers in the puzzling case.

Brian Daryl Lakevold of St. Albert, Alberta appears to have gone missing while out on his boat Tuesday, August 26. The boat was apparently adrift when it was involved in a crash. Some of Lakevold's personal effects were found on board and it was confirmed with the family that he was missing. 

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue looked for Lakevold for several days, but RCMP eventually called off the search without locating him. 

COSAR vice president Duane Tresnich said his team is ready to resume the search when or if any new information becomes available.

However, ending the search has left Lakevold's family members in distress and looking to the public for information on Lakevold's whereabouts before he went missing.

"We know that the last communication from Brian was through a text he sent just after 2 p.m. on Tuesday," said Adam Less, who is close to the Lakevold family. "His other brother sent him a text just after 3 p.m., but it wasn't responded to. And as you know, the boat was discovered shortly after 9 p.m." 

Less and the Lakevold family are hoping that someone might have seen the boat between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. and might have information as to where Lakevold was before his boat was discovered.

"There might be someone out there who was on the lake taking cell phone videos with their family, or shooting family photos, who may have something in the background that could help," Less said in an email.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Kelowna RCMP or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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