(The Tyner family; from left to right Richard, Jennifer and Jack)
It was a somber gathering today at the Merritt RCMP Community Policing Office as the family of the missing cowboy Ben Tyner spoke to the media.
Tyner’s mom Jennifer thanked those who helped in the search for her son and made an emotional plea to the community for information.
“If you have any information that can lead to us finding him, no matter how insignificant it might seem, we would be so truly grateful,” plead Jennifer. “To say that we are heart broken is an understatement.”
With emotion ringing through her voice she continued to read from a prepared statement.
“Our hearts are shattered, and our life’s have been thrown into turmoil. We feel that we our only shells of the people we were before our son Ben Tyner went missing over two week ago,” she said. “To think that I will never again see his smile or hear his infectious laugh. Never see him realize his dream, never have him wrap his arm around me again, is unthinkable.”
Ben’s brother Jack struggled to fully put into words the emotions he’s been feeling over the past few weeks.
“I have some difficulty finding the words to express the sadness and loss that our family is feeling from this,” began Ben’s brother Jack. “When I look at what my brother accomplished with his life, in his short time here it truly amazes me. I really hope in some way he knows how much he accomplished and how much he is loved by our family and everybody else. The hole in our family will never be replaced, I wont ever hear him laugh. Feel his strong hand shake again, his deep voice it’s gone. We are asking for your help, any information, anything that can help. We would be forever grateful for you all.”
Jack described his brother as big and strong, as honest as they come.
The Tyner family thanked the community for the support they’ve received and everything it did for them.
The family is headed back to Wyoming today, in order to tend to their ranch, that they say has been running on fumes.
“We got to get home, we got calves coming soon,” said Jack. “I just don’t know how hard it’s going to be to adjust. My brother and I both had a lot of our life’s in this ranch. And I just know it’s going to be tough to go home and be without him.”
RCMP Constable Tracy Dunsmore reiterated the fact that the investigation is continuing with the assistance of the major crime’s unit, and that anybody with information is asked to call crime-stoppers or the Merritt RCMP.
There is also a dedicated line for the Tyner Investigation – 1-877-987-8477
After seven days the search for Tyner was suspended on Sunday February the 3rd. The search was suspended due to extensive coverage around the area his horse was found on January 28th, along with the extreme cold and poor weather conditions.
In total more than 19 teams from across B.C including, dog teams, air support drones, horseback riders and volunteers assisted in the hunt for Tyner.
The RCMP will continue to investigate and said the search can be resumed if any new information is discovered.
Tyner was last seen on Saturday the 26th at the Nicola Ranch, where he has been the manager since November.
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