By KATE BOUEY
The drowning of an Alberta man in Kalamalka Lake last summer was the result of a suicide pact with his friend, according to a B.C. coroner's report. The body of the other man has not been found.
On June 28, 2015, emergency personnel were summoned to the Cosens Bay area of the lake after a paddle boarder reported seeing a body floating face down just off the shoreline.
The body was recovered and identified as Shane Allan Letkeman, 32, of Lethbridge, Alta.
Letkeman's friend, 24-year-old Curtis Wilson, has been missing since that date and his body has not been found despite a number of searches.
“Investigation revealed that Mr. Letkeman and another male had formed a suicide pact,” said coroner Margaret Janzen in her report.
The coroner stated the two men sent messages to family and friends a day before the drowning, alluding to suicide, saying goodbye and stating that they loved them. Family members reported the messages to the RCMP.
Police also found a cell phone at a camp, set up by a car rented by the two men, that also revealed messages “indicating their intention to kill themselves in a suicide pact,” said Janzen's report.
An autopsy on Letkeman's body confirmed the cause of death as drowning. Toxicology analysis revealed high levels of methamphetamine and fentanyl.