Southeast District Major Crime Unit Called to Assist in Missing Persons Investigation

Merritt, Major Crimes Unit

2019-02-06 16:32 PST

File # 2019-433

After a week and an expansive and exhaustive search, RCMP in Merritt have requested the assistance of the Southeast District Major Crime Unit (SED MCU) in the investigation of missing person, Benjamin Tyner. 

Ben Tyner with his dog

Ben Tyner

Tyner was reported missing to the Merritt RCMP on January 28, when his rider-less horse was discovered on a logging road off Highway 97 near Winnie Flats. Following his disappearance, RCMP, Search and Rescue, Air Services, Police Dog Services, and Volunteers combed the area, on foot, in vehicles, on snowmobiles, horseback, helicopters and utility vehicles, sadly Mr. Tyner was not located.

While the official search was suspended on Sunday after seven days of searching, the investigation is not over, states S/Sgt. Lorne Wood, Merritt RCMP Detachment Commander. We are thankful to have the expertise and resources available from the SED MCU, to assist us as the investigation transitions from a short term search effort.

Residents may see an increase in police presence throughout Merritt and surrounding area, in support of the ongoing investigation.

Anyone who has information about Mr. Tyner’s disappearance is asked to contact the Merritt RCMP at 250-378-4262 and cite file 2019-433.

Links to other releases

Search for Missing Merritt Cowboy Update

Search Suspended for Missing Merritt Rancher 

Released by

Sgt. Janelle Shoihet

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Lower Mainland District
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, B.C. V3T 6P3
Office: 778-290-4134
Cell: 604-657-5730
Fax: 778-290-6114


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