Still no sign of missing man in Sun Peaks; search and rescue operation suspended

Two days of searching have failed to yield any sign of Ryan Shtuka, the 19-year-old man who vanished early Saturday morning (Feb. 17) after leaving a party on Burfield Road in Sun Peaks.

Shtuka was last seen at 2:10 a.m. on Saturday morning and is believed to have left the party to walk the short distance to his home in Sun Peaks. But Shtuka did not show up at work that day and has not been active on social media or on his cellphone.

Kamloops Search and Rescue was called out and searched the area in and around the village on Sunday and Monday.

“KSAR is now suspended from searching; however, the RCMP is continuing to lead the investigation and any additional search efforts,” the search and rescue group said.KSAR used 22 members in the search on Sunday, from 5 a.m. to midnight, in addition to search dogs, snowmobiles, drones with infrared cameras and helicopters. Helping search and rescue crews were 74 volunteers from the community.

Shtuka was last seen wearing dark jeans, a grey/white shirt, a blue coat and a burgundy ball cap.

He is white, stands 5-foot-10, weighs 70 kilograms (155 pounds) and has blond hair and brown eyes.

Anybody with information on the whereabouts of Shtuka is asked to call police at 250-828-3000.


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