Merritt RCMP and Search and rescue teams from across the province are on their 5th day of searching for 32 year old Ben Tyner in the Merritt area.
Tyner’s horse was located in an area just north of Merritt Monday morning around 0530 and reported to RCMP later that day. Tyner was hired as the ranch manager at Nicola ranch in November of 2018 and is new to the Merritt area but has been ranching and riding horses for many years and is believed to be in good shape and quite competent in the bush.
He is described as being around 6’3 240 lbs with dark hair and beard and normally wears a black and red woolen hat with ear flaps.
Search Dogs, tracking teams, helicopters, UTVs and snowmobiles as well as teams from across the Central Interior, the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island have attended to assist in the search over the past 5 days. With weather continuing to be co-operative and large numbers of volunteers the plan is to continue searching into the weekend to cover as much terrain as possible.
No new evidence has been found at this point as members continue to search and increase the search area. Local assistance has also been provided by Local First nation’s bands, the ranching community and volunteers. Merritt RCMP are asking that anyone with any information contact the Merritt RCMP