No evidence in missing person search

KSAR placed two certified spotters on the helicopter to perform a search of the area. SPIN Photo.

Forty community volunteers joined KSAR

After a full day of searching no signs of Sun Peaks resident and missing person Ryan Shtuka have emerged.

“There hasn’t been any real physical evidence to inform our search, but we’re continuing to talk to people who may have seen Ryan Friday night and trying to piece together the information that way,” said Allan Mole, manager of Kamloops Search and Rescue (KSAR).

KSAR enlisted the help of the RCMP helicopter Air-4 in the search of missing Sun Peaks resident 19-year-old Ryan Shtuka this afternoon. KSAR placed two certified spotters on the helicopter to perform a search of the area.

Community volunteers went door to door Feb. 18 to distribute flyers.

“We’re now searching north of Sun Peaks Road and then we’ve had the converge of volunteers go right out all the way to the village so that was Sunburst Dr. as well,” said Mole.

KSAR utilized a contingent of 40 community volunteers, 18 KSAR members and four RCMP members and are re-deploying their ground team in a second search phase before nightfall.

Mole couldn’t confirm whether or not KSAR will continue their efforts throughout the night and said  it was dependent on their findings over the next few hours.

The weather forecast for Sunday night called for variable cloud and cold with temperatures dropping to near minus 20. 

Shtuka was last seen leaving a house party on Burfield Dr. at around 2:10 a.m. on Feb. 17 and was wearing dark jeans, a grey/ white shirt, a blue coat and a burgundy ball cap.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP at 250-828-3000.

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