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A letter from France prompts Okanagan mystery

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(courtesy Michael Osborne)

On Friday a curious letter came from the town of Limousin France written by Michael Osborne who is English by heritage.

He is asking for your help to solve a mystery that is now 67 years old.

It is a mystery about where he came from and the search for his father.

We spoke to Michael Osborne from his home in Limousin France.

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We know Richard Brent's roots run deep through Okanagan history as he is believed to be a male descendent of Frederick Brent, a well-known pioneer in Kelowna.

You may know the name from Brent's Grist Mill. Frederick Brent had four male children who survived into adulthood -- Joseph, Louis, William and John.

We don't know which of those people Richard was related to, but one of them was probably his grandfather.

We also know that he listed an F. Brent as a next of kin in Penticton.

And we know that around the same time, there was a Fred Brent who was married to Alberta Maddess Brinson -- that's from a grave marker from 1953.   

If you can help with this mystery, please give us a call or send us an email. You can call 250 861 3781 or daybreakkelowna at cbc dot ca.

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