Body of Calgary man recovered

Kevin Boutilier, a 25-year-old Calgary man, went missing a year ago in Shuswap Lake.  - Photo contributed
Kevin Boutilier, a 25-year-old Calgary man, went missing a year ago in Shuswap Lake.
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The body of Kevin Boutilier was recovered last week, a year after the 25-year-old Calgary man went missing in Shuswap Lake.

On Monday, the BC Coroners Service confirmed the body of Kevin William Boutilier was recovered on July 10.

In a news release, Barb McLintock of the Coroners Service notes Boutilier was last seen on Aug. 24, 2013, when he and friends were aboard a houseboat in Cinnemousun Narrows.

“Mr. Boutilier and several others jumped into the lake to retrieve a hat which had fallen in, but weather conditions caused the boat to drift away from the group,” says McLintock. “Even with help from his friends, Mr. Boutilier was unable to return to the boat.”

The successful search was conducted privately by Gene and Sandy Ralston of Idaho-based Ralston and Associates.

The Raltsons resumed the search following an extensive effort conducted after Boutilier’s disappearance by the RCMP, members of Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue #106 Shuswap Station, and Vernon Search and Rescue. This involved multiple attempts that were carried out into October.

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