Charles Horvath still missing after 29 years

Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country, B.C. Southeast District

2018-09-28 13:15 PDT

File # 1989-21784

Charles Horvath

It’s been 29 years since Charles Horvath was reported missing from Kelowna and police are hoping someone will come forward with information that could assist with bringing some closure to this mystery.

Kelowna RCMP continue to work with Denise Allan, mother of missing backpacker Charles Horvath who was 20 years old at the time of his disappearance. In the spring of 1989 Horvath was registered at the Tiny Town Campground in Kelowna BC. He disappeared three weeks after arriving in Kelowna after backpacking through Canada from the United Kingdom.

Charles Horvath was last seen on May 26th, 1989 cashing a cheque at the Orchard Park Royal Bank.
Denise Allan has been travelling back to Kelowna for years hoping to raise awareness of her son’s disappearance and to stir up any secrets that may lead to the answers she has been searching for all these years.

Denise Allan is hoping the public hears her plea, I am pleading for any witnesses to find the courage to come forward and help us locate the remains of my beloved son. They can remain anonymous. We just want to find him and bring him home for a proper burial so we can move forward with the mourning process and end our emotional search.

Kelowna RCMP will continue to investigate the disappearance of Charles Horvath until the right information is provided and can bring closure to this mystery, states Cst. Lesley Smith of the Kelowna RCMP. His belongings, camping tools and personal property was located at the Tiny Town Campground, which was a strong indication to our members that Charles’ disappearance was suspicious in nature. We are hoping that someone who knew Charles Horvath at that time, will come forward with details to his whereabouts and many unanswered questions.

The RCMP is asking anyone with information to come forward and call Sgt. Paul Gosling of the Kelowna Serious Crime Unit at (250) 762-3300 or if they want to remain anonymous they can call Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online at

We don’t want your name, just your information – CRIME STOPPERS

Prepared by:
Cst. Lesley Smith

Released by

Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey

Media Relations Officer
Kelowna RCMP (English only)
1190 Richter Street, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 2K7
Office: (250) 762-3300
Fax: (250) 470-6348


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