West Kelowna  

Assaulted, left in bush

An elderly woman was seriously injured in an assault, loaded up in her own vehicle, and dumped in the West Kelowna backcountry.

Police say the 79-year-old was found by a couple about 8:30 p.m. Monday, near Bear Lake Main Forest Service Road and Westside Road.

“Our preliminary investigation has revealed that the elderly woman was the victim of an alleged assault, carried out by an individual who was well known to her,” says RCMP spokesman Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.

The couple found the woman in desperate need of medical attention, and brought her to police and paramedics.

RCMP have arrested a 60-year-old West Kelowna man and are appealing to the public for more details.

Police believe the woman was driven to the remote area in her own vehicle, a grey 2005 Nissan X-Trail with B.C. licence plate FM590J, from her home at Westview Village Mobile Home Park on Highway 97.

Investigators believe a stranger encountered the suspect driving the victim in the vehicle and would like to speak with that person.

“We have reason to believe that the suspect reassured the stranger that he was taking the injured elderly victim to hospital for care," said O'Donaghey. 

If you encountered the victim, call West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880. 

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