RCMP, emergency services, converge on Sutherland Ave.

Body in porta-potty

Madison Erhardt

UPDATE: 8:25 p.m.

Investigation into the death of a man whose body was discovered in a Kelowna park Monday morning has been turned over to the coroner's office.

At this time, the man's death is not considered suspicious.

The BC Coroners Service is conducting it's own investigation into the circumstances surrounding the man's death.

While his name has not been released, the coroner's office says he was a 52-year-old Kelowna man.

UPDATE 10:05 a.m.

Kelowna RCMP confirm they are investigating after a body was discovered in a park near Sutherland Ave.

"At approximately 8:17 a.m. this morning, Kelowna RCMP responded to a park in 1500-block of Sutherland Avenue and Burtch Avenue. Investigators arrived on scene and located the body of a deceased man," says RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Tammy Lobb.

Cpl. Lobb says the Kelowna RCMP Serious Crime Unit along with the BC Coroners Service are on scene assisting with the investigation and more information will be released once it becomes available.

UPDATE 9:30 a.m.

The BC Coroners Service has now arrived on the scene of a heavy police presence around a porta-potty on Sutherland Ave. behind the Husky gas station.

An eyewitness on the scene indicates that a body may have been discovered in the porta-potty around 8 a.m.

Andrew Giffin works in the area and he tells Castanet he saw a person attempt to enter the porta-potty and stop, they then alerted a passerby on a bicycle who phoned emergency services.

RCMP has cordoned off the area around the porta-potty with police tape and has erected privacy screens around the area.

ORIGINAL 8:45 a.m.

Kelowna RCMP and emergency services have converged on Sutherland Ave. behind the Husky gas station just south of the Landmark buildings.

Andrew Giffin tells Castanet that he saw police cruisers arrive on the scene around 8 a.m. Monday, as of 8:30 a.m. there were five cruisers and an ambulance at the scene.

Police have concentrated their efforts around a porta-potty and the entire area is cordoned off with police tape.

Castanet has reached out to Kelowna RCMP for more information.

This is a developing story.

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