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Title: Ryan Shtuka - age 20 - missing - Sun Peaks. BC
Post by: Sap1 on February 20, 2018, 04:23:52 AM
https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/rcmp-still-searching-for-young-beaumont-man-missing-at-b-c-ski-resort-1.3810168

Police in Kamloops are still searching for a 19-year-old Alberta man, who was reported missing at the Sun Peaks Resort Saturday.

Over the weekend, Kamloops RCMP said Ryan Shtuka had been reported missing. He was last seen at about 2:10 a.m. Saturday, after leaving a party to walk a short distance home.

Police said he was reported missing when he didn?t show up for work later that day. Since then, he hasn?t used social media or his cell phone, RCMP said.


Teen missing after Sun Peaks house party
A massive search was launched, but was hampered by heavy snowfall.


On Monday afternoon, Kamloops Search and Rescue said they had suspended their search.

On Sunday, 22 members and about 74 volunteers were searching the area ? they used dogs, snowmobiles, drones with infrared cameras and helicopters in their search.

Title: Re: Ryan Shtuka - age 20 - missing - Sun Peaks. BC
Post by: jobo on February 21, 2018, 06:56:47 AM
Sadly...it doesn?t sound good for this young man.
Such dense woods in that area.
Title: Re: Ryan Shtuka - age 20 - missing - Sun Peaks. BC
Post by: debbiec on February 21, 2018, 11:14:30 AM
I don't think it looks good either, jobo.

In the above article it says that Ryan had a short distance to walk home. Sun Peaks is actually a ski resort community, which is a short distance from Kamloops, BC. It is not a huge community, but of course there is a lot of undeveloped land in the area also. In the above article it refers to Ryan walking "home", however there are short term rentals available there, for people who want to come for a weekend, a week, etc., and I'm wondering if he lived there full time. If he didn't, how familiar was he with the area? I have seen nothing which speaks to the condition he was in when leaving the party. Was he intoxicated? We don't know. Could he possibly have gotten turned around and become lost in the time it took him to walk home, or did he have a change of plans and get into a vehicle at some point?

So many unanswered questions.
Title: Re: Ryan Shtuka - age 20 - missing - Sun Peaks. BC
Post by: Sap1 on February 21, 2018, 02:00:39 PM
Thanks for that info Debbie. I wondered if he worked at the resort. He must have if he was living in the area. The information isn't clear. Resorts usually have residences for their seasonal workers.
It does not look good ... no cellphone use since he left the party. Police used infrared and that should have given them some info. Perhaps he did get into a vehicle?
Sad situation for a young man just starting out in life, working in a place that gives happiness as well as work.
Title: Re: Ryan Shtuka - age 20 - missing - Sun Peaks. BC
Post by: capeheart on February 22, 2018, 01:35:15 PM
I took it that the weather was not good that evening. They always tell people not to leave late hours alone, we've seen this happen before and the person was never seen again. If he was drinking, he could have fallen and hurt himself and is covered over by snow and he wouldn't be seen. Sometimes alcohol makes people feel they just could move a mountain, but actually it is a false feeling and he just may have laid down and went to sleep. Thoughts and prayers to friends and family and hope they find out what happened to Ryan. :o :o :o :o :o
Title: Re: Ryan Shtuka - age 20 - missing - Sun Peaks. BC
Post by: Sap1 on February 22, 2018, 01:54:23 PM
Yes, if it was snowing it would be easy to get disorientated imo.
Title: Re: Ryan Shtuka - age 20 - missing - Sun Peaks. BC
Post by: Sap1 on February 27, 2018, 02:37:36 AM
https://www.gofundme.com/helping-to-find-ryan

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/mother-offers-5-000-to-help-find-missing-ryan-shtuka-1.4552033

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The mother of a missing Alberta man is offering a reward for any information that will lead to finding him.

Heather Shtuka said she would give $5,000 to anyone who could help bring her 20-year-old son Ryan home
Title: Re: Ryan Shtuka - age 20 - missing - Sun Peaks. BC
Post by: debbiec on March 05, 2018, 12:24:25 PM
Shtuka’s family still searching

By Tim Petruk 
March 1, 2018


The mother of an Alberta man who hasn’t been seen since leaving a Sun Peaks house party nearly two weeks ago is holding out hope her son’s body is still in the mountain village. Ryan Shtuka, who was working the winter as a lift operator in Sun Peaks, was last seen in the early-morning hours of Feb. 17.

“Certainly the weather hasn’t been our friend the last few days,” Heather Shtuka told KTW. “We got another dusting of snow up here last night and today. It makes it difficult.”

Shtuka said she has heard rumours in Sun Peaks and on social media that her son could have met with foul play or left the community, but she has no reason to believe them at this point.

“There is no evidence that Ryan left the Sun Peaks area,” she said. “There’s nothing to indicate he left. It’s easy to speculate, but I don’t put stock in that.”

According to Shtuka, volunteers are working non-stop looking for Ryan.

“It’s only volunteers at this point,” she said. “We have a great community that’s come from Alberta to help, and when some go, more come. Then, of course, we have this wonderful Sun Peaks and Kamloops community.”

Last week, Mounties asked Sun Peaks residents to check garages, outbuildings and vehicles for any sign of Shtuka. The family has offered a $5,000 reward for any information leading to Ryan’s whereabouts.

http://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/shtukas-family-still-searching/ (http://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/shtukas-family-still-searching/)
Title: Re: Ryan Shtuka - age 20 - missing - Sun Peaks. BC
Post by: capeheart on March 06, 2018, 02:46:44 PM
Well it all boils down to if the persons at this party are telling the truth or if they are hiding something. If there was other reasons he has disappeared, great investigation should be taken to prove he did leave that party on his own and that nothing else happened. The persons who were at the party should be questioned, because this is at the early part of the investigation. Don't wait for a couple of years to ask questions, ask them now and question people individually.  Maybe he did leave and got into trouble if it was snowing. They keep telling people not to leave these places alone, but they never listen. It can be very difficult if you're in a storm and drinking. My prayers to his mom and hope she is successful in finding Ryan and what has happened to him. :o :o :o :o
Title: Re: Ryan Shtuka - age 20 - missing - Sun Peaks. BC
Post by: debbiec on March 16, 2018, 12:48:47 PM
Well it all boils down to if the persons at this party are telling the truth or if they are hiding something. If there was other reasons he has disappeared, great investigation should be taken to prove he did leave that party on his own and that nothing else happened. The persons who were at the party should be questioned, because this is at the early part of the investigation. Don't wait for a couple of years to ask questions, ask them now and question people individually.  Maybe he did leave and got into trouble if it was snowing. They keep telling people not to leave these places alone, but they never listen. It can be very difficult if you're in a storm and drinking. My prayers to his mom and hope she is successful in finding Ryan and what has happened to him. :o :o :o :o

Apparently the people who were at the party have been questioned. At this point it appears that everyone is satisfied that they are telling the truth.

I've read that these young people (who are experiencing a loss as well) have/are being harassed, and even threatened on Social Media.

At this point we don't know what happened, however it is very possible that Ryan disappeared on the walk home, without anyone being involved in his disappearance. It was around 2:00 AM, very dark, and snowing. A lot more snow has fallen in the weeks since.

Ryan's Mom, Heather, feels that he is still there, as there is nothing solid saying that he left Sun Peaks. As per usual when a person goes missing, people have reported seeing him in varying locations.

His family has been there from the beginning, and still continue to search every day. Very sad.
Title: Re: Ryan Shtuka - age 20 - missing - Sun Peaks. BC
Post by: debbiec on March 16, 2018, 01:03:49 PM
'We have to start over': Mother of Alberta man missing in Sun Peaks frustrated by search process
'We, as parents, had no guide on how to do this'
CBC News  Posted: Mar 14, 2018 12:00 PM MT| Last Updated: Mar 14, 2018 12:00 PM MT



An Alberta woman searching for her son who vanished without a trace in B.C. a month ago, is growing frustrated with a search effort she feels is increasingly futile.

"When people ask, 'How can you still believe that Ryan is here 24 days later,' it's because we are conducting the searches," Heather Shtuka said in an interview Tuesday with CBC Edmonton's Radio Active.

"We, as parents, had no guide on how to do this."

Ryan Shtuka, 20, was last seen Feb. 17 at a house party at Sun Peaks Resort outside Kamloops.

RCMP continue to investigate his disappearance.

His mother says valuable time and effort may have been wasted because the family was never instructed on how to properly manage search efforts in the resort village.

'We are learning painfully, day by day what we haven't done right.'

-Heather Shtuka
"We are learning painfully, day by day what we haven't done right, what we could do right and what resources we would need," she said.

"If this was your child, what would you want to have done? What would you pay to have done and what would you need to have done in order to find him? That's the question we keep asking over and over."

'We have to start over'

Ryan, who lived in Beaumont, Alta., worked the winter season at Sun Peaks. He moved there in December to work as a lift operator at the resort.

When he failed to show up for work on Feb. 18, his parents drove through the night to assist in the search and rescue efforts.

Kamloops Search and Rescue canvassed the area on Sunday — with 22 members and 74 volunteers — combing the area with snowmobiles, dogs and drones.

The next day, official search and rescue efforts were largely suspended and the family began managing the patrols with minimal professional assistance.

'We aren't going to go home to wait until the snow melts.'
-Heather Shtuka

While she admires the work of search and rescue workers, Shtuka said more support needs to be provided to families of missing persons after the official patrols are called off.

Without instruction on how to coordinate volunteers, properly canvass a given area and map their progress, mistakes can be made, Shtuka said.

"If you're asking me if I've searched an area, sure I've searched it. I think I've searched it, but what am I hitting? What am I using as my equipment? Am I hitting ice? Do I know it's ice? Am I putting my probes in far enough?

"We have so many people that are coming up that are so determined to find Ryan, but we just don't know how to tell them to search, and we didn't know for the first couple weeks.

"Every area of this resort has been touched, but can we say with certainty that Ryan was not there when they searched it? We can not, so now we have to start over again."

More can be viewed at the link.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/ryan-shtuka-beaumont-sun-peaks-search-missing-1.4575782 (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/ryan-shtuka-beaumont-sun-peaks-search-missing-1.4575782)
Title: Re: Ryan Shtuka - age 20 - missing - Sun Peaks. BC
Post by: capeheart on March 16, 2018, 02:55:45 PM
It is very sad that Ryan went missing, but we have heard of many instances like this. People think it is okay out in the snow and wind, but when they get out there, it is very confusing which direction they are going. I am not familiar with the area he went missing, but if there are any hills he could have fell down and hit his head or something and the snow just covered him over, they may find him very close by when the snow melts. God bless his mom, she must be devastated without knowing what has happened to him.  ::) ::) ::) ::) ::)
Title: Re: Ryan Shtuka - age 20 - missing - Sun Peaks. BC
Post by: debbiec on March 21, 2018, 02:03:39 PM
The reward has been increased to $15,000.00

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Title: Re: Ryan Shtuka - age 20 - missing - Sun Peaks. BC
Post by: debbiec on March 21, 2018, 02:11:05 PM
There has been a huge out pouring of support for Ryan and his family.

They are now very close to reaching their goal on gofundme.

https://www.gofundme.com/helping-to-find-ryan (https://www.gofundme.com/helping-to-find-ryan)
Title: Re: Ryan Shtuka - age 20 - missing - Sun Peaks. BC
Post by: superbee on March 25, 2018, 06:11:08 PM
Heartbreaking that there is still no sign of Ryan.  A busload of searchers came down from Edmonton on this weekend. Unfortunately, no sign of Ryan was found, but the good news is the volunteer searching seems to be done now in grids, each area thoroughly searched with poles in a more planned way. 

The weather at Sun Peaks is getting warmer and the snow should be melting.  I wonder if Ryan somehow fell into one of the deep 'tree wells'  we have heard of alot about this winter.  Are there are street lights along the residential streets at Sun Peaks?  If there are, wouldn't Ryan be more inclined to stay walking on the street, instead of trying to take a dark shortcut through the trees?  What was Ryan wearing for footwear?  For years, young guys his age wore running shoes all year round if they were going somewhere with a cleaned street and driveway. 

I am beginning to wonder if Ryan is even under the snow.  From what I have read, Ryan was ready to leave right behind the friends he lived with.  Suddenly, he wasn't there behind them.  When did they realize Ryan was not behind them?  Wouldn't they notice?  Wouldn't they go back and see what happened, maybe Ryan had suddenly felt sick and collapsed, or had to go to the washroom or forgotten something, so returned to the party house?  Wouldn't Ryan have tried to walk home along with his friends, call to them to wait up?  Or if he did have to go back to the party house for some reason, wouldn't he call out to his friends ahead?  Strange. 

And, when the friends did get home and Ryan never arrived, wouldn't they call his phone, phone the party house, or someone there?  It is hard to believe that nobody did a thing until Ryan never showed up for work the next morning.  Did nobody at his home knock on his bedroom door the next morning, to see if he was ok, and getting up for work? 

I suspect Ryan may not be on the mountain.  He may have been leaving the party house, but went back for some reason and never left under his own power.  Or for some reason went to another house close by, or got in a vehicle--willingly or unwillingly.  If there are street lights on his way home, I can't see Ryan leaving a well lit street to take a shortcut in the dark bush.  He was only a few minutes from home.

 
Title: Re: Ryan Shtuka - age 20 - missing - Sun Peaks. BC
Post by: debbiec on March 29, 2018, 10:21:36 AM
RCMP helicopter returns in missing person search

By Jean Strong 
March 28, 2018


A helicopter seen flying low over Sun Peaks this morning was an RCMP Helicopter searching for missing person Ryan Shtuka.

RCMP said they will be returning to search regularly as snow melts and the creek running behind Burfield drive thaws. They also stated Kamloops Search and Rescue (KSAR) will return to search again when the snow melts.
 The helicopter will also be used in Kamloops today to search for missing 62 year old woman Thelma Vaughan.

Shtuka disappeared in the early hours of February 17 after a house party on Burfield Drive. His social media and bank accounts have been inactive and searches by KSAR, Kamloops RCMP, the Canadian Association of Search and Disaster Dogs and volunteers have found no trace.

He was last seen wearing grey pants, a grey and white shirt, blue jacket and burgundy hat. Anyone with information is asked to contact RCMP or Crimestoppers.

http://sunpeaksnews.com/rcmp-helicopter-returns-missing-person-search-29285.htm (http://sunpeaksnews.com/rcmp-helicopter-returns-missing-person-search-29285.htm)
Title: Re: Ryan Shtuka - age 20 - missing - Sun Peaks. BC
Post by: looking on May 19, 2018, 09:21:29 AM
Ryan still hasn't been found. Maybe it's time to consider foul play?
Title: Re: Ryan Shtuka - age 20 - missing - Sun Peaks. BC
Post by: superbee on May 24, 2018, 12:21:25 PM
I am thinking more and more along that line.  I wonder if Ryan is even on the mountain anymore?  A lot of the snow is gone now and still no sign.  I think this weekend volunteer searching is off for a few days, and professionals will search.  It is very warm in that area lately and the snow must be steadily melting, exposing more and more of the bare ground that was covered with many feet of snow. 

There was a ray of hope a few weeks ago when it was discovered that a pizza place on Sun Peaks within walking distance was open late, and if Ryan was hungry, there was the theory he may have hiked there instead of going home.  I wonder what became of that idea?  Even if the pizza place was jammed with late eaters, Ryan was supposedly a friendly person, so if he did get there, whether straight or tipsy, surely someone, a customer or employee, would remember the tall, good looking, happy go lucky guy who arrived at the pizza place right around closing?  Ryan was a tow operator and board rider, surely someone would know or recognize him?  He'd been publicly working at Sun Peaks for 2 months.

One tip I read, and have searched for often--I cannot find it online--supposedly the following morning, a man many miles up the Yellowhead Highway, around Vavenby, was driving home from working the mill graveyard shift.  He posted that he saw, walking on the side of the highway, a somewhat-disheveled, tall, blonde, young man.  This is the following morning, a few hours after Ryan disappeared miles away at Sun Peaks.  When the man got home and the reports of Ryan being missing came out, the man thought maybe it was a disheveled Ryan he had seen walking along the Yellowhead.  I have never seen or heard another thing about this tip.  I can't even find it online.  Maybe the tipster was a liar?  I don't know, but I know I saw his tip online somewhere, and if true, it sounded like a very good lead.  If his tip is true, how did Ryan end up on the highway near Vavenby, and how did he get there?  Did Ryan get a ride off the mountain that night and he is not up at Sun Peaks at all?  How did he end up wandering along the Yellowhead near Vavenby?  Where did he go from there?  It's 3 months now.

I wonder if Ryan is even on the mountain that his parents are searching day after day, month after month?  I have often wondered if he went back to the party instead of catching up on foot with his friends. At the party had he been offered a chance to go to another party off the mountain, thought about it while walking home, and then returned to the party?  And then, somehow, left Sun Peaks? 

Ryan was supposed to be at work in a few hours, he sounded like a dependable employee who wouldn't not just show up at work.  But we have all been young, at parties where kids take off to another place, a few drinks and our judgement is not 100%. Maybe Ryan thought he could go to another party, maybe off the mountain, and still make his shift a few hours later?  I know Ryan's mum is defending the party attendees, I hope they are not lying to her, but I also know there is often a kind of loyalty at parties, and I'm wondering if everything at the original party is being revealed? I hope that every person who was at that party, or any place Ryan may have gone to later that night, search their memory for any tidbit of information, no matter how small, something they heard, something they saw, and speak up.  It may be the clue needed to help Ryan's suffering parents find their missing son. 

I'm still puzzled by Ryan's friends walking on home without checking to see if Ryan was still behind them, or not waiting up for him, not texting or phoning his cell to see where he'd gone.  Didn't any of them look back and see Ryan was not behind them anymore?  Seems like they just walked home, crashed, ate, and went to work the next morning without even knocking on Ryan's bedroom door.  Is it just me who feels that is odd?
Title: Re: Ryan Shtuka - age 20 - missing - Sun Peaks. BC
Post by: looking on May 27, 2018, 09:28:24 AM
I can't see how he could have disappeared on his own.  His family would have found him by now.  And if it's foul play, it would be hard to bury a body in the snow.  Check the landfills and get cadaver dogs to search the vehicles of people at the party.
Title: Re: Ryan Shtuka - age 20 - missing - Sun Peaks. BC
Post by: looking on May 29, 2018, 10:16:43 AM
Could he have been dumped at the nearby transfer station?  This must be foul play.
Title: Re: Ryan Shtuka - age 20 - missing - Sun Peaks. BC
Post by: debbiec on May 29, 2018, 10:46:14 AM
Another weekend of Search and Rescue being on the mountain. He has not been found.

As far as I am aware nothing has been ruled out yet. Still an open investigation, as the searching continues.
Title: Re: Ryan Shtuka - age 20 - missing - Sun Peaks. BC
Post by: capeheart on June 06, 2018, 01:29:00 PM
I am wondering about wild animals in the area, other then 2 legged ones.  I mean there could have been foul play, but there was a snow storm that night, bad weather.  Would there be a body of water around there that he could have fell in or someone could have committed a crime and put his body there.  This sounds kind of a cooked up story about Ryan. I mean he was there with friends, what is the odds of him just walking out in bad weather to walk home. It doesn't sound right to me.  More detailed investigation should be done with everyone at that party.  There is too much crime happening these days and people getting away with too much, because of poor investigations. :( :( :( :( :( :(