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RCMP, mom confirms body found Friday was that of 31-year-old Chelsea Cardno

Mom left heartbroken

Madison Erhardt

UPDATE: 4:28 p.m.

Kelowna RCMP have confirmed that the body found in a field adjacent to Mission Creek on Friday was that of the female who was reported missing on June 14.

The missing woman, 31-year-old Chelsea Cardno was last seen leaving her residence on Dougall Road South in Kelowna that day.

Police stated that the family of the missing female has been notified and confirmed her identification.

“We are all saddened by the outcome but hope the family can have some closure and they can begin the healing process,” Cst. Mike Della-Paolera, Media Relations Officer for the Kelowna RCMP said in the press release.

There is no criminal investigation underway and the BC Coroners Service will continue to be the lead investigators, according to police.

The Kelowna RCMP would like to thank the Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, the hundreds of volunteers and general public who all helped in the search.

"The missing dog has not been located and presumed to have been swept away in Mission Creek."


UPDATE: 2 p.m.

Hundreds of family, friends and community members have taken to social media to share condolences for those who were touched by Chelsea Cardno.

Just after 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, Cardno’s mom Diane confirmed in a Facebook post, that the body found adjacent to Mission Creek on a flooded property was her daughter.

The Facebook post has close to 200 shares and over 400 comments.

"It is with a troubled heart I send condolences to you and your family. I have prayed for you daily. Prayers as well for her precious JJ she loved so much," a comment said.

According to Kelowna RCMP Cardno's body was found just after 5 p.m. Friday.

“A farm owner reported finding a body on their flooded property adjacent to Mission Creek,” says RCMP spokesperson Const. Mike Della-Paolera.

The farmer who found Cardno tells Castanet he has had a number of items wash up onto his property over the years from the creek.

He says he will continue to keep his eyes peeled for J.J.

The Kelowna RCMP have yet to confirm the body found was that of 31-year-old Cardno.


UPATE: 10 a.m.

In a Facebook post Saturday morning, 31-year-old Chelsea Cardno’s mom Diane confirmed the body found adjacent to Mission Creek on a flooded property Friday night was her daughter.

"Good morning everyone, this is Chelsea’s mom Diane. It is with very heavy hearts that we have to announce that we have found our sweet Chelsea. I need to take this time to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support over the last 11 days. To all those that came out to help us search, the tireless hours out combing through the brush, walking hours along the Greenway, we left no stone unturned."

"The community came together to bring my Sweet Pea home, and I will be forever grateful. Chelsea’s beloved JJ is still missing, so please keep your eyes open for him,” she said.

The family says they are asking for privacy as they come to terms with their loss.

RCMP will be making a media release later this afternoon.

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue confirmed they were called off the search Friday night.

“The RCMP informed us that our services are no longer required,” said COSAR manager, Duane Tresnich

Kelowna RCMP has yet to confirm if the body was that of Cardno.

“A farm owner reported finding a body on their flooded property adjacent to Mission Creek,” says RCMP spokesperson Const. Mike Della-Paolera.

RCMP Officers have secured the area and the British Columbia Coroner Service has been notified and is en route.

Cardno went missing along Mission Creek on June 14, 2022.

She was last seen leaving her home on Kelowna's Dougall Road South, when she took her dog J.J. for a walk on the Mission Greenway.

Her vehicle was found parked at the north end of Pasadena Road, but there's been no sign of Cardno or her dog.

Cardno’s disappearance triggered an intensive search by the RCMP and Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, another search was planned to start Saturday morning.

“The RCMP have notified the family of Cardno and have offered all supports available,” says Inspector Beth McAndie, Kelowna RCMP Investigation Service Officer.


ORIGINAL: June 25

A body has been found adjacent to Mission Creek on a flooded property.

Kelowna RCMP tell Castanet the grim discovery was made just after 5 p.m. in the 3600 block of Berard Rd. near MacMillan Farms in Kelowna, BC.

“A farm owner reported finding a body on their flooded property adjacent to Mission Creek,” says RCMP spokesperson Const. Mike Della-Paolera.

RCMP Officers have secured the area and the British Columbia Coroner Service has been notified and is en route.

The body at this time is unconfirmed to be that of Chelsea Cardno, who went missing upstream from that location on June 14, 2022. Cardno’s disappearance triggered an intensive search by the RCMP and Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, another search was planned to start Saturday morning.

Out of respect for the family and close friends of Chelsea Cardno, the RCMP are asking the public to avoid the area.

“The RCMP have notified the family of Cardno and have offered all supports available,” says Inspector Beth McAndie, Kelowna RCMP Investigation Service Officer.

At this time the Kelowna RCMP General Investigative Support Team will continue to work alongside the British Columbia Coroners Service which has now taken over the conduct of this investigation.



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