Charles Horvath’s mother dedicates poem for 30th Anniversary of his disappearance

B.C. Southeast District, Kelowna

2019-05-24 13:33 PDT

File # 1989-21784

It’s been 30 years since Charles Horvath was reported missing, last spotted in Kelowna and police are hopeful that someone will come forward with information that could bring some closure for his loved ones.

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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, Charles was registered at the Tiny Town Campground in Kelowna B.C. 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.

This year Charles’ mother, who has never given up hope that someone will come forward with answers to her beloved son’s disappearance, has written an emotional poem, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey of the Kelowna RCMP. Denise shared this piece of poetry with our investigators, who continue to search for clues and has asked the RCMP to share her literary work with the media and in turn the public.

30 Years
Written by: Denise Horvath-Allan

30 Years
Beautiful Charles, loving son of mine...
30-years of searching, only never to find.

Many times I've crossed the ocean...
the waters ever so blue, always praying a tip, will lead to finding you.

My heart is broken, so filled with sorrow...
I struggle each day, always hoping tomorrow.

You were only 20, a very good man,
living without you... I do the best I can.

After 30-years of searching, I've come to regret...
It's your earthly body, I have to find yet.

Begging all who know wherever you lay,
please send a lead... I so often pray.

My Charles, sweet Charles... my only son.
I will continue my search, until my earth's work is done.

For whoever knows, what happened to you...
Please speak up now, it's long overdue.

All I want is my child, to have and to bury,
here with his family, in a quaint cemetery.

Please bring me answers, to where Charles'll be found,
I'll dig myself... I'll turn up the ground.

Nobody needs to know, except you and me...
Please send me a tip, and your heart'll be free.

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 you want to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave an online tip at

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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