Body identified as Summerland man

Tura McCarty, of Summerland, was found dead in a vehicle in West Kelowna.

The young Summerland man whose body was found in a car on a remote West Kelowna road is being remembered by friends for his sense of humour and big heart.

“I never met anyone who made me laugh as much as you did,” said one entry on the 200-plus member Facebook group, In Loving Memory of Tura McCarty that was opened Jan. 8.

Another woman wrote that she would miss, among other things, the 22-year-old’s enormous smile, lessons on “cool lingo,” and his fascinating knowledge of all movie trivia.

McCarty’s body was found on Bear Creek Road, approximately two kilometres past Parkinson Road, at 11:23 a.m. Jan. 6. The discovery was initially deemed suspicious, but upgraded to a homicide Monday.  While friends and family seek solace, police are offering the community reassurances that it is still safe.

“The RCMP strongly believes that this was not a random attack, and recognizes how crimes of this nature are disturbing to the members of the community,” said Supt. Nick Romanchuk.

They’re also looking for any and all information that could lead to an arrest.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or who had been in contact with Tura Stephen McCarty during the evening of January 5, 2016 and early morning hours of January 6, 2016 is asked to call Cpl. Clayton Wiebe, of the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880.

Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.