CTV's W5 to air documentary about nurse who suspiciously drowned in Okanagan Lake in 2016

W5 to air late nurse's story

On Saturday, CTV’s W5 will air an in-depth documentary on the alleged murder of Arlene Westervelt, a 56-year-old Lake Country nurse whose body was pulled from Okanagan Lake in 2016.

Debbie Hennig, Arlene's older sister, who spearheaded a Facebook page called, 'Justice for Arlene,' remains hopeful that the B.C. Justice Minister will review the prosecution's handling of this murder case before the one-year stay period expires.

Arlene Westervelt's husband, Bert Westervelt was charged with her murder in 2019, but those charges were stayed with no explanation last year.

The family's lawyer, Anthony Oliver, has asked the Minister to directly intervene and determine what evidence changed between when the charges were approved and when they were stayed. The documentary is also expected to raise allegations related to the RCMP's handling of the investigation.

A news release from the family Friday night says they are also calling on the Crown to retain a forensic pathologist for further medical assessment review.

In September 2020, Westervelt's family held a rally in front of the Kelowna Law Courts demanding information as to why the murder charge was stayed.

The documentary will air on Saturday at 7 p.m.

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