Accused wife killer in court

A man accused of killing his wife while canoeing on Okanagan Lake from back in 2016 will have his second court appearance on Monday.

Bert (Lambertus) Westervelt was arrested on April 5 and charged with second-degree murder in connection to the death of his wife Arlene Susan (Hennig) Westervelt.

Her death was originally deemed an accidental drowning, but now, almost three years later her death is being investigated as a homicide.

The couple were canoeing on Okanagan Lake on June 26, 2016 when their boat capsized, and Bert was the only one to surface.

Arlene’s body was found the next day by the police dive team.

The 56-year-old was originally from Grande Prairie, Alta., and the two had been married for about 30 years.

Bert, 63, made his first court appearance in front of a full courtroom in Kelowna on April 9. He appeared stunned and was wearing a wrinkled, brown and white plaid long sleeve shirt.

Cory Armour, Bert’s lawyer, said he had no comment about how his client is doing at this time. Bert is expected to appear at 9:30 a.m.

A dedicated tip line has been created by the Southeast District Major Crime Unit for anyone who has information in this case at 1-877-987-8477.

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