Body of missing man found in Kamloops Lake

21-year-old Vernon resident David Melanson left the South Hills Tertiary Psychiatric Centre in Brocklehurst at about 1 a.m. on May 12, the day he was reported missing.

A man reported as missing in Kamloops on Wednesday, May 12, has been found deceased.

On Wednesday, Kamloops Mounties sought the public’s help in finding 21-year-old David Melanson, who was from Vernon, but had left the South Hills Tertiary Psychiatric Centre in Brocklehurst at about 1 a.m. on the day he was reported missing.

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Kamloops RCMP Const. Crystal Evelyn said Tk’emlups Rural RCMP officers responded to a report of a body located in Kamloops Lake near Frederick Road at 1 p.m. on Thursday. The body was confirmed as that of Melanson.

The BC Coroners Service has been notified and is investigating.

When contacted by KTW to ask how Melanson left the psychiatric centre and what type of investigation is underway, Interior Health emailed the following statement: “We would like to send our deep condolences to the family — our thoughts are with them during this difficult time. Unfortunately, we cannot speak to specifics as RCMP and BC Coroner Services investigations are underway.”

Anybody with information related to the investigation is asked to contact the Tk’emlups RCMP Detachment at 250-314-8000.

David Melanson
David Melanson.
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