Police and search and rescue volunteers in Merritt continue to search for missing cowboy who has now been identified as 32-year-old Ben Tyner.
Volunteers from across the province have offered assistance in the search after a riderless horse was found Monday afternoon by loggers in the area.
Local ranchers retrieved the horse and were able to identify its owner, a 32-year-old local ranch hand who had been on his days off.
Tyner, was last seen Saturday at 2 p.m., but it’s not known when he rode into the backcountry.
Search efforts are being co-ordinated by Nicola Valley Search and Rescue with assistance from SAR members from Kamloops, the Central Okanagan, Shuswap, Penticton, Princeton, Logan Lake, Chilliwack and Surrey.