Investigators from the Southeast District Major Crime Unit (SED MCU) are now identifying the man whose death was previously characterized as suspicious and confirming he was the victim of homicide.

Just before 8 a.m. on September 14, front line officers from the Merritt RCMP attended to an area near Nicola Lake. When officers arrived they located the body of a deceased person whose death is believed to be suspicious.

Police have now confirmed that the man found near Nicola Lake on Tuesday is Dennis Michael Walters, 51, of Merritt and his death was the result of a homicide.

“We are releasing Dennis’ identity in order to help move the investigation forward,” states S/Sgt. Janelle Shoihet of the BC RCMP. We are hopeful that in doing so, we can help timeline the events leading up to his death. We are asking anyone who has knowledge of Dennis’ whereabouts on Monday, September 13 until the discovery of his body on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, or has any other information which may assist in the investigation, to call us.

Anyone with information about Dennis’ death is asked contact the SEC MCU tipline at 1-877-987-8477.