British Columbia

B.C. RCMP announce break in 6-year-old missing person's case

RCMP have announced a break in their investigation into the disappearance of a senior in east-central B.C., six years after the man disappeared.

Vern Boettger was 78 when he vanished in 2013

A truck belonging to 78-year-old Vern Boettger has been found in east-central B.C., not far from where he lived in Vavenby. (I Am Missing)

RCMP have announced a break in their investigation into the disappearance of a senior in east-central B.C., six years after the man disappeared.

Vern Boettger was 78 when he vanished from the small community of Vavenby, northeast of Kamloops, on Oct. 6, 2013. He liked to go for leisurely drives down rural roads, according to his family, and was last seen in his black Ford Ranger pickup truck.

Search and rescue crews launched an intensive search for Boettger, but neither he nor the truck were ever found. 

That changed last month.

RCMP announced Thursday the truck was found in a culvert on Sept. 5, north of Graffunder Lake near Vavenby. A new search was launched around the area, but nothing was found that shed new light on what happened to Boettger.

Cpl. Madonna Saunderson said there is no evidence of foul play, but the vehicle appears to have gotten stuck and officers believe Boettger may have been unable to free the truck. The terrain in the area is rugged and the officer said there is a "considerable" amount of overgrown brush around the vehicle.

Saunderson said the investigation is ongoing.

"Certainly, it's very helpful to the police and hopefully it's one step closer to finding information that will help the family," the officer said.

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