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South Okanagan man charged with murder of 28-year-old tourist

A 27-year-old man from Oliver, B.C., has been charged with first-degree murder of a 28-year-old Belgian tourist Amelie Christelle Sakkalis.

RCMP's investigation began on Aug. 22, when police received a report of a “suspicious occurrence” north of Boston Bar, near Highway 1.

Upon arrival, police found the body of Sakkalis, determined she was the victim of a homicide and handed over the case to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).

<who> Photo Credit: IHIT.

According to IIHT, Sakkalis was a Belgian national travelling in Canada at the time of her death and investigators believe she was hitchhiking from the Penticton area on August 22, 2018, and heading to Vancouver.

On September 1, IHIT and its partner agencies arrested 27-year-old Sean McKenzie of Oliver, BC.

McKenzie has been charged with first-degree murder and will be appearing before a judge in BC Provincial Court on September 19, 2018.

“IHIT investigators worked relentlessly to secure and compile the evidence for charge approval and today’s outcome would not have been possible without the tremendous support of our partners,” said Cpl. Frank Jang of IHIT. “Amelie’s family in Belgium was notified of the developments in her case and IHIT hopes this will assist them in their healing process.”

Anyone with information, who has not already come forward to police, is asked to contact the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at

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