KSAR search extends into afternoon for missing resident

Kamloops Search and Rescue manager Alan Mole addresses volunteer searches today.

Kamloops Search and Rescue (KSAR), along with members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, are focusing their efforts near Burfield Drive in Sun Peaks to locate missing 19-year-old Ryan Shtuka.

“I would say the efforts have mainly been focused in and around the area of Ryan’s residence,” said Allan Mole, KSAR manager.  “That would be like Burfield Drive, the piece of Sun Peaks Road around the hostel in and around those areas and then expanding the search out from there.”  

Shtuka was last seen leaving a house party on Burfield Dr. at around 2:10 a.m. on Feb. 17. Mole said it’s concerning given that he has been gone overnight and was last seen wearing only dark jeans, a grey / white shirt, a blue coat and a burgundy ball cap.

“If he is outside then I imagine he’s going to be pretty cool by now for sure,” said Mole.

KSAR is utilizing a team of 18 rescuers, three RCMP and 20 community volunteers in the search for Shtuka.

“We have people on snowmobiles, we have people on snowshoes, we have civilian and RCMP search dogs that are being utilized, the (infrared) drone is being utilized as well,” said Mole.

With no indication of the direction Shtuka was travelling KSAR is asking for anyone in the area of Burfield Dr. with surveillance cameras to come forward so they can compile any footage.

Ryan Shtuka was last seen leaving a house party on Burfield Dr. Feb 17.

“If anybody saw Ryan Friday night early, Saturday morning it would be good if they came forward so they could describe where and when they saw him. We’re trying to piece together what his night looked like and that could inform our search tactics,” said Mole.

Sun Peaks Ski Patrol is also assisting in the search efforts with patrollers checking area boundaries for any signs of Shtuka.

This morning Sun Peaks Resort reported 17 centimetres of new snowfall in the past 24 hours at the mid-mountain base. Temperatures have been around -11 C in the valley today.

“The depth of snow can both be a challenge in that it’s difficult to move around in and also provides a lot of signs. When you go walking through hip-deep snow you make a lot of evidence you’ve been there so it can be helpful in that sense as well from a tracking perspective,” said Mole.

If you have seen Shtuka in the past 24 hours and have not spoken to police please contact the RCMP at 250-828-3000.