RCMP in the Southeast District are continuing their investigation into the disappearance of Ben Tyner, and are now seeking anyone who was in or around Merritt on the weekend of Jan. 26–27 and who has dash cam or other video footage from that time.
Tyner was reported missing to the Merritt RCMP on Jan. 28, when his riderless horse, which was in full gear, was discovered on a logging road off Highway 97C near Winnie Flats. He had last been seen on Jan. 26.
Following his disappearance, RCMP, Search and Rescue, Air Services, Police Dog Services, and volunteers combed the area on foot, in vehicles, on snowmobiles, on horseback, and in helicopters and utility vehicles. However, Tyner has not been located, and the search was officially called off on Feb. 3.
Tyner, 32, had been manager of the Nicola Ranch since November 2018. Although he was new to the area, he had been ranching and riding horses for many years. He is described as being around 6’3 and 240 lbs, with dark hair and beard.
Tyner’s family flew from Wyoming to Merritt for a news conference on Feb. 13, in which they pleaded for anyone with information about the disappearance to step forward. Speaking of Tyner in the past tense, they recounted stories about him and spoke of the impact of his disappearance.
“To say that we are heartbroken is an understatement. Our hearts are shattered and our lives have been thrown into turmoil,” said Tyner’s mother, Jennifer.
Tyner’s brother Jack told a story about one of the last days they went riding together, concluding with “You were such a huge inspiration in my life, and you are forever in my heart. I know you will protect, guide, and watch over us all. It was a privilege to ride with you, big brother.”
The investigation into Ben Tyner’s disappearance continues to be a priority for the Merritt RCMP and the Southeast District Major Crime Unit (SED MCU), states S/Sgt. Lorne Wood, Merritt RCMP Detachment Commander. If you were in Merritt on the weekend of Jan. 26–27, 2019 and have dash cam or other video footage, please contact the SED MCU tip line at 1-877-987-8477.