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Tyner Family Plea for Information Relating to Ben’s Disappearance


File # 2019-433
2019-02-13 10:36 PST

It has been over two weeks since the search for Ben Tyner, the missing ranch manager at Nicola Ranch in Merritt began and nearly three weeks, since he was last seen or heard from. A massive search was undertaken in the first week, followed by several subsequent, smaller scale searches.

Ben Tyner

As the investigation continues to unfold, the South East District Major Crime Unit (SED MCU) has been called to assist the Merritt RCMP with resources and expertise, so that local members can respond to the needs of community and continue the search for Tyner. The investigation includes re-interviewing witnesses, as well as locating any new potential witnesses, following up on tips and leads and potentially more searches, if new evidence warrants.

Although we cannot reveal all aspects of the active and ongoing investigation, we are committed to providing updates when they are available, states Cst. Tracy Dunsmore, of the Merritt RCMP. It’s easy for rumors and theories to take place as the search continues. The RCMP want to confirm that there have been no major developments or arrests at this time and hope that the community will continue to support each other during this time.

The RCMP is asking anyone who may have seen Ben Tyner during the weekend of January 26 and 27 or a truck and trailer that may have transported him to the Swakum Mountain or OK Forest Service Road off Mamit Lake Road, to contact the SED MCU tip line at 1-877-987-8477.

Ben’s mom Jennifer, dad Richard and brother Jack, have been in Merritt since early on in the search and would like to provide to make a public plea for information.

Statement of Jennifer Tyner

To say that we are heartbroken is an understatement. Our hearts are shattered and our lives have been thrown into an endless turmoil. We feel as if we are only shells of the people we were before our son, Ben Tyner, went missing over two weeks ago. To think that I will never again see his smile or hear his infectious laugh, never see him realize his dreams, never have him wrap his arms around me again is unthinkable. Our son loved life and touched so many people during his life.
If you have any information that could lead to us finding him, no matter how insignificant it might seem, we would be so truly grateful to you.

Statement of Jack Tyner

I have difficulty finding the words to express the sadness and loss that our family is feeling. When I look at what Ben accomplished during his short time here I am blown away. He touched so many lives on his way to accomplishing his dreams, that it is truly amazing. I really hope that in some way he knows how loved and how special he was. The hole in our family will never be replaced. His laughter will never ring through our home again. His strong handshake, bear hug, and his deep voice are gone, and my family still has no answers; no closure. My family and I are asking for your help. If you have any information, anything that could help us find Ben, we would be forever grateful.

Released by:
Cst. Tracy Dunsmore
Merritt RCMP



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