2009 truck found near body on farm

RCMP probing the discovery of human remains in an abandoned farmyard near Yellow Creek, Sask., are confirming a 2009 vehicle was found near the body.

Similar vehicle driven by missing man

A pickup truck like this one was found near a body discovered on an abandoned farm northeast of Saskatoon on April. 1. ((Prince Albert Police Service))
RCMP probing the discovery of human remains on an abandoned farm near Yellow Creek, Sask., are confirming a 2009 vehicle was found near the body.

The truck is the same make and model as one driven by a 57-year-old man reported missing by RCMP in January.

Officers were called to the farm 135 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon on Thursday afternoon.

Police have said little about their investigation so far. They say they will not be able to identify the person or cause of death until an autopsy takes place this week.

While police have not yet said whether they are treating the discovery as a criminal or missing persons investigation, they announced Saturday that a 2009 GMC Canyon truck was found near the remains.

They would not say whether they believe the truck is linked to the discovery in any way.

Roger Byer hasn't been heard from since Jan. 26, police say. ((RCMP))
Roger Byer was last seen in Melfort, a few kilometres east of Yellow Creek, on the afternoon of Jan. 20. He last spoke to his family on Jan. 26, police said previously.

Byer, a Prince Albert man who worked servicing automated banking machines, was known to travel on rural Saskatchewan roads to conduct service calls in smaller communities.

An aerial search conducted by RCMP at the end of January turned up nothing.

At the time his disappearance was reported, police noted a large amount of fresh snow and lack of traffic on rural roads were hampering their search efforts.

Byer is described as six feet one inch tall, weighing 210 pounds, with grey hair and green eyes. Police said he may have recently shaved off a handlebar-style moustache.

Anyone with information about Byer is asked to call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

With files from The Canadian Press