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Missing Men In BC
« on: April 05, 2009, 01:21:32 AM »

Missing Men in BC (Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley)

There has been an abundance if athletically built, adult men going missing in our region within the last year. Finally the media is starting to notice, and hopefully the police will start looking more closely at these files!

I have unfortunately had the opportunity first hand to see how devastating it can be to missing a family member and not know their whereabouts, their state of health, or who is responsible.

Please - send this group to everyone and anyone you can. Let's get all these guys home.

If you have ANY information on any of these missing men, please call your local RCMP or CrimeStoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

The List of Missing Men

Here is a list of the men currently missing around BC... beginning with those in the Lower Mainland / Fraser Valley.

*In no way am I stating this list is anywhere near complete, please advise if you know of any men to be added to this list!*

Maple Ridge resident Josh Hedrick, 24, last seen in Maple Ridge January 11, 2009.

Chilliwack resident Michael Scullion, 30, last seen in Agassiz April 10, 2008.

Burnaby resident Kellen McElwee, 25, last seen in Langley March 19, 2008.

Langley resident Derek Kelly, 32, last seen at Bridge Lake Jan. 1, 2008.

Michael James Bosma - went missing from Penticton BC in January 2006.

Langley resident John Kahler, 29, last seen at Stave Lake Nov. 2, 2007. FOUND, identity of body confirmed Oct. 21, 2008

Burnaby resident Brian Braumberger, 18, last seen June 1, 2007.

Mission resident Jeff Surtel, 17, last seen in Mission riding his bicycle in 2007.

Gaganpreet Suveen Sandhar, 20 years old, last seen June 17, 2006.

Chilliwack resident Brandyn Dirienzo, 20 years old, last seen at his Bole Ave apt. in Chilliwack Oct. 4, 2006.

Abbotsford resident Munny Sidhu, 17 years old, last seen in Abbotsford March 30, 2006.

Shawnigan Lake resident Gavin Ritchie, 19, last seen leaving his home Feb 14, 2008.

Vancouver resident Richard Tamassy, 42, last seen April 15, 2008.
Vancouver resident Greg Cyr, 43, last seen Oct. 26, 2003.
Vancouver resident Ron Carlow, 38, last seen June 20, 2007.
North Vancouver resident David McMorran, 45, last seen Feb. 14, 2005.
Burnaby resident Patrick Ratto, 43, last seen July 25, 2006.
Burnaby resident Terry Beckett, 55, last seen April 21, 2008.
Burnaby resident Asim Chaudhry, 24, last seen July 20, 2007.
Chilliwack resident Brandyn Thomas Dirienzo, 20, last seen Oct. 4, 2006.
Abbotsford resident Beric Bason, 26, last seen at Loon Lake July 25, 2007.
Surrey resident Ranvir (Ron) Atwal, 28, last seen April 5, 2004.
White Rock resident Wade MacKenzie, 23, last seen in North Delta Jan. 16, 2008.
Kelowna resident Aaron Derbyshire, 22, last seen Sept. 30, 2006.
Kelowna resident Michael Bosma, 26, last seen Jan. 9, 2006.
Kelowna resident John Ernest Patrick, 40, last seen March 21, 2008.
Greenwood resident Gary Hansen, 52, last seen May 27, 2005.
Maple Ridge resident Marty Balfour, missing since Dec. 2002.

The facebook group page listings

Johnny Kahler is http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5870884863
Johnny has been FOUND. His body was identified Oct. 21, 2008
Mike Scullion is http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=11284733006
Derek Kelly is http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=10739479723
Kellen Charles McElwee is http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=25392381288
Jeff Surtel is http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2420031495
Bryan Braumberger is http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2374762638
Marty Balfour is http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8347275915
Munny Sidhu is http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2670095497&ref=ts
Gavin Ritchie is http://www.gavinritchie.com/index.html
Michael James Bosma http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=31654803823
Aaron Derbyshire is http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6583318811
Josh Hedrick is http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=70964714072

I am going to post the Time Lines by year in the next post....

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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2009, 02:43:32 AM »
Here are the Time Lines. Fixed the date on one as it was erroneously reported as 2002 not 2001.

December 28, 2001      
Name: Marty Balfour            
City: Maple Ridge   
Age: 26
Date: Oct. 26, 2003
Name: Greg Cyr
City: Vancouver   
Age: 43

April 5, 2004
Name: Ranvir (Ron) Atwal      
City: Surrey
Age: 28

Date: Feb. 14, 2005   
Name: David McMorran
City: North Vancouver resident
Age: 45

Date: May 27, 2005
Name: Gary Hansen      
City: Greenwood (in the Kootneys) ?
Age: 52
Date: January 2006
Name: Michael James Bosma   
City: Penticton BC (lived in a transition House)   
Age: 26

Date: March 30, 2006
Name: Munny Sidhu   
City: Abbotsford   
Age: 17

Date: June 17, 2006
Name: Gaganpreet Suveen Sandhar      
City: Last seen walking on the Port Man Bridge, not sure which direction
Age: 20

Date: Oct. 4, 2006   
Name: Brandyn Dirienzo,      
City: Chilliwack
Age: 20
Date: April 29, 2007
Name: Jeff Surtel   
City: Mission
Age: 17

Date: June 1, 2007
Name: Brian Braumberger      
City: Burnaby
Age: 18

Date: *Nov. 2, 2007   
Name: John Kahler         
City: Stave Lake (Langley resident)
Age: 29
*FOUND, identity of body confirmed Oct. 21, 2008

Date: April 10, 2008   
Name: Michael Scullion   
City: last seen in Agassiz (Chilliwack res.)
Age: 30

Date: March 19, 2008
Name: Kellen McElwee   
City: last seen in Langley (Burnaby resident)
Age: 25

Date: Jan. 1, 2008
Name: Derek Kelly   
City: last seen at Bridge Lake (Langley resident)
Age: 32

Date: Feb 14, 2008
Name: Gavin Ritchie      
City: last seen leaving his home in Shawnigan Lake
Age: 19
Date: January 11, 2009
Name: Josh Hedrick      
City: last seen in Maple Ridge   
Age: 24

It appears that this is the most comprehensive article on the men.  I found it very informative and enlightening. They even interviewed Kim Rossmo, former Vancouver Police officer.  Take a look, it will open up you mind...http://www.canada.com/vancouvercourier/news/story.html?id=26d28beb-88d2-43c2-8ccd-3e742db307f6&p=1

This is a map of the locations of the missing men, note the clustering effect...

The Courier cross-referenced the remaining names with 15 RCMP and municipal police detachments, follow-up newspaper articles and the Crime Stoppers' website to determine if any of the remaining men had been found--dead or alive. In total, about a dozen have been located, but unfortunately less than a handful of these men are alive. There are more men missing, but because the Courier could not confirm their status, they're not named in this article.

The remaining 22 healthy, apparently happy, men from southwestern B.C. have simply vanished. Rumours of a possible serial killer at work are growing, but police departments discount any connections in the cases. Didn't the same thing happen with the Downtown Eastside?


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« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2009, 11:07:17 PM »

Very compelling info especially when you see the map.  No doubt the police have plugged this info into some computer program to look for similarities etc.

I noted the dramatic increase in disappearances from 2001.  What would a serial killer/abductor want from young healthy men?  They would be hard to contain or keep hidden unless drugged, so I think prostitution is unlikely. 

Snuff films?  Organ donors?  I know this sounds terrible, but we have heard these things happen, why not in BC?  But where are the bodies?  You would think some would have been found and if these horrible things have happened to them that wold be identified.

I don't know if I buy into a serial killer idea.  More likely to find out some of these men are missing becaude they want to be, or they were depressed and committed suicide. (again where are the bodies)  Drug activity  by their own hand or others, sure maybe some.  Gangs, yes I can buy some of that  also, I hear a murder is an initiation for some gangs.

Sorry for being so grusome, but we have to think of all the possibilities.


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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2009, 11:16:08 PM »
I am wondering human trafficking, which has become an epidemic.  Human trafficking is not just foreign women, it is domestic women (think Jessie Foster), children and men.  I just recently watched a document on human trafficking on CNBC and it is not pretty what these guys use to make people submit.



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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2009, 11:37:07 PM »
Could be, but I would wonder to what end?   What kind of scheme could an abductor use these men for? Unlike the Picton group , these men are not marginalized.


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« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2009, 11:42:53 PM »
I am just nor sure.  The families have said they have never been in trouble with the law.  These men have simply vanished without a trace...reminded me of Jessie Foster in a way.



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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2009, 11:48:36 PM »
Sadly some we may never know.  It seems when they can get them out of the country, it makes every move to find and return them more difficult.

In Jessie's case, my view is that she is no longer with us, or she's been sold off to another pimp more brutal than the last.  A very sad  end for such a lovely girl.


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« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2009, 03:59:11 PM »
I am not sure what to think about all of this? Why are they missing? Just not sure....



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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2010, 04:31:58 PM »
This kind of thing has to be completely unacceptable. Those who were there and refuse to cooperate should be arrested and held until they give their account of what happened that night. I didn't realize a person could know something and refuse, legally refuse, to give their account. The whole group of them should be investigated as conspirators and suffer as a killer should.

I certainly agree with that statement Des. In my opinion the people that have knowledge of what happened to Derek that night and have remained silent, are equally as guilty as the person that is responsible for Derek's death. They could end this nightmare for his family, and yet have chosen to say nothing. It is beyond comprehension to me how those people can go about their daily lives. You would think that carrying around something like this would eat away at them. My hope is that there is one in the bunch that has enough decency to do what is right and come forward.


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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2010, 06:59:39 PM »
KeepingFaith; there is not a day goes by that I don't pray for justice and closure for those grieving the loss of a loved one - taken by such vicious people as those responsible for Derek's disappearance and death.  I have been quiety watching this thread and praying there was a possibility Derek was alive somehow, somewhere.  This is so very disturbing .... so many could help to unravel this awful mystery...yet choose not to.  :'(  I wish they would realize that they will suffer for this.  I firmly believe, and have seen it prevail - What goes around, comes around!
Very sincere sympathy for what you are going through, is extended to you from myself and my family.  I will keep your family close in my thoughts and prayers.  It has become a "way of life" for my family ....hoping and praying for justice in these situations. 


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« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2010, 11:19:00 PM »
Holy smamoly!!!! What on earth is going on with all these missing men!!!? It certainly boggles the mind,  :o  so many in one area. How can that be? And what does our finest have to say about that? I'm beginning to think that there are more uncaptured murderer's in Canada then there are captured. I vote they fire some of those finest butts and replace them with us posters. We'll sling those murdering butts in jail in no time. The only downfall is the Judge's would let those butts walk out the door behind us. Excuse me..I'm wrong, they would walk out the door in front of us. 


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« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2010, 10:07:49 PM »
Sadly another man from this list has been found deceased.

 Shawnigan Lake - Found Human Remains are Identified
File # 2008-475 2010-03-19 15:52 PDT

The BC Coroners Office has positively identified human remains located on March 15, 2010 at approximately 4:00 p.m, in a remote wooded area west of Renfrew Road in Shawnigan Lake, BC. The remains have been identified as 19 year old Gavin John RITCHIE, who was reported missing on February 14, 2008. At the families' request, no further details will be released. Foul play has been ruled out. The Shawnigan Lake RCMP wish to extend their appreciation to the public and assisting agencies for their assistance in this matter. The RCMP also request that the privacy of the RITCHIE family be respected at this time.

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« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2010, 10:23:41 PM »

Very sad news that this young man has been found deceased. It's been more than two years since Gavin went missing so at least now his family finally knows what happened to him. They can begin the long and difficult process of healing. I wish them peace.


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« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2010, 12:42:42 PM »
I'm glad the family have Gavin to lay to rest.   :'( Somehow, I would like to think they have definite confidence there was no foul play;  It hurts to see so many young lifes lost prematurely.


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« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2010, 01:16:24 PM »
I am posting this in this thread as his name is on the list in page 1, I could not find a link just for him, so I hope this is okay..

Family wants answers four years after teen went missing
An open bedroom window and strange text messages among the clues in the disappearance of 17-year-old W.J. Mouat student
By Kim Bolan, Vancouver SunMarch 31, 2010

Abbotsford mom Kashmir Sidhu is desperate to know what happened to her teenage son Munny, who vanished four years ago Tuesday.

"It is so hard for me," Sidhu said in an interview. "I want to know where he is."

She said she can't even hold a funeral because she doesn't know if Munny is dead of alive.

He was a 17-year-old Grade 12 student at W.J. Mouat secondary school when he disappeared on March 30, 2006.

His family last saw him going to his second-floor bedroom. In the morning, he was gone and the bedroom window was open.

Abbotsford police are looking for any leads that might help the investigation and provide answers to the family, Const. Ian MacDonald said Tuesday.

MacDonald described the missing man as Indo-Canadian, 5-foot-11, 150-160 pounds with a shaved head. He was last seen wearing a brown hoodiestyle jacket, with "Carolina Tar Heels" written on the front, and blue jeans.

His brother AJ fears the worst, but still hopes he will see his younger sibling again some day. "In logic, I know there is a slim chance that he is alive," AJ Sidhu said. "That would be the best news in the world to have him come back."

But AJ at least wants closure for his devastated family. His mother still can't be left alone because of the traumatic loss. "She prays three times a day," said AJ, the 31-year-old owner of Thuggish Records.

He said Munny was excited about graduating from high school and wanted to produce a rap album. He loved to write and perform, AJ said. He never would have given up those dreams voluntarily. "He was very excited about those sorts of things. He was excited to rent a car. He was excited to go to [the] prom," AJ said.

Asked if his brother might have had a conflict with an area gang, AJ said he highly doubted it. "I would just randomly check his room. There was nothing ever," AJ said. "He never even had five dollars. He would always have to ask my mom and dad for money."

Two other Mouat Grade 12 students were slain last year in a still-unsolved double shooting. Police have said the teens had begun selling drugs at the street level for the Red Scorpion gang. AJ said he didn't think his brother knew the Mouat students -- Joseph Randay and Dilshir Gill -- who were killed.

"They were younger than my brother," he said.

But AJ himself has Facebook friends in common with the two students killed last year, including Sunny Ahuja, an associate of the Bacon brothers.

AJ said he believes some of his brother's friends must know what happened to the teen.

The day after Munny vanished, strange text messages were sent from his phone claiming he was going to India. But he never took any identification, cash or even his glasses with him, AJ said.

"Maybe he is gone. But without answers, only God knows," AJ said. "Every time bodies or body parts are showing up, we are just holding our guts."

Police said at the time that Munny was seen on a surveillance video at Abbotsford International Airport on April 11, 2006 -- days after he went missing. But AJ said the whole family viewed the video over and over and do not believe it was Munny.

He is hopeful police will make progress on the file now that they have assigned two new detectives. Anyone with information should contact Det. Wanda Lane of the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-864-4748.

"Maybe after four years we hope somebody just has the heart to come forward and say where he is," AJ said. "We want closure."


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