A body found on a small body of water in Osoyoos known as Peanut Pond has been identified as a missing 56-year-old man.
RCMP said the Vancouver area man was reported missing by his three friends on Sunday at around 1:30 p.m. after the group had been fishing.
“The four had been fishing from shore at Peanut Pond and were getting ready to leave when the male decided to go for a swim, while the other three packed their belongings,” said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.
“After a short time, the friends went back to look for the male but he could not be found.”
Moskaluk said the friends used a paddle boat to go around the pond but still could not find the man and were not sure if he had left the area on foot. RCMP conducted foot patrols around Peanut Pond and Osoyoos throughout the night looking for the missing man.
Arrangements were made for the RCMP dive team to attend on Monday morning, but at 7 a.m. a resident advised police that a body had surfaced in Peanut Pond.
Moskaluk said alcohol may have been a contributing factor to the drowning and foul play is not suspected. Osoyoos RCMP continues to assist the B.C. Coroners Service with their investigation.