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The RCMP have confirmed that the increased police presence noticed near the Nicola Ranch this morning is due to the search for Ben Tyner resuming now that the snow in the area has melted.

RCMP Sgt. Janelle Shoihet told Q101 news that there’s nothing new to report in relation to the investigation. She also said the investigation remains active and is an ongoing priority for both the South East Major Crimes Unit and the Merritt Detachment.

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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.

Tyner was last seen on Saturday the 26th at the Nicola Ranch, where he had been the manager since November.


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