Into their fifth week investigating the disappearance of 32-year-old Nicola Ranch manager Ben Tyner, Merritt RCMP is hoping dashcam footage may hold some clues to the cowboy’s whereabouts.
Tyner was last seen Jan. 26 when he rode out of the ranch, possibly to search for cattle in the surrounding hills.
His rider-less horse was discovered two days later wandering a logging road off Highway 97 near the Nicola Ranch. The horse was unscathed with nothing to indicate how it had lost its rider.
Following his disappearance, RCMP, search and rescue, air services, police dog teams, and volunteers combed the area, on foot, in vehicles, on snowmobiles, horseback, helicopters and utility vehicles, but Tyner was not located.
The RCMP’s major crime unit has since joined the investigation, but police say there is no indication of foul play.
Police are now appealing to the public to provide investigators with any dashcam footage recorded in the Merritt area on the weekend of Jan. 26 and 27.
Tyner, a Wyoming man who was hired at the Nicola ranch in November, is described as being around 6-3, 240 pounds with dark hair and beard and normally wears a black and red woollen hat with ear flaps.
It’s believe Tyner rode to an area known as Swakum Ridge, northwest of Merritt, and may have been searching for stray cattle belonging to the ranch.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts or with dashcam footage is asked the contact the RCMP’s southeast district major crimes unit’s tip line at 1-877-987-8477.