Friday, July 16, 2010

RCMP handling increasing missing persons files this summer

Three files of note from the RCMP missing persons alerts have kept detachments busy across the province this week.

Yesterday the Prince Rupert detachment of the RCMP added to a growing list of missing persons files in the province, with their request for assistance in seeking the whereabouts of local resident Robby Collins, the 30 year old Prince Rupert resident was last seen on June 14th and is thought to have been working on a local crab boat.

Earlier this week, the Terrace RCMP issued a request for the public's assistance in the missing person's case of a Rosswood man, David Geier, a 50 year old resident of that community, was last seen on July 4th, when he was preparing to deliver a load of cedar fencing material to a resident in Thornhill, he made his deliver at 1 pm and hasn't been seen since.  ** Note: RCMP discovered the body of Mr. Geier on Thursday east of Terrace, foul play is not suspected.

And in Prince George, the RCMP are trying to track down multiple unconfirmed sightings of a missing light green Hyundai Tucson and the whereabouts of its elderly owners, a mystery that has the province's detachments launching one of the largest searches in recent years.

Lyle and Marie McCann left their St. Albert home on July 3rd bound for Abbotsford to pick up their daughter for a family holiday.  Driving a motor home and towing the Tuscon, they were last seen at a gas station northwest of Edmonton. Their motor home was found ablaze two days later hidden up logging road near Edson Alberta.

Since then the Tucson has been reportedly  been spotted three times in Prince George, though no descriptions of the driver or any passenger has been provided to Prince George RCMP which updated the file yesterday.

The worrisome nature of the RV fire and the fact that the McCann's have not made any attempt to contact their family have the RCMP adding to the search area on a daily basis.

The car in question is a light green 2006 Hyundai, bearing Alberta plates of ZPK 289.

Any information on any of the missing person cases can be directed to the local RCMP detachment at 250-627-0700, which would forward any helpful comments to the appropriate jurisdiction.

Update: The McCann case file has had a number of developments since this item was first posted, the RCMP is apologizing over some procedural mistakes at the start of the investigation, some key steps in the processing of information have raised a number of concerns that valuable time has been lost in the search for the elderly couple.

Since that apology, the RCMP has increased its efforts to locate the couple, to that end they issued an alert on a person of interest related to the disappearance of the McCann's, Travis Edward Vader. He is considered armed and dangerous and not to be approached by the public.

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