Latest search ends for missing Merritt cowboy

RCMP say they are done searching for Ben Tyner at this time

After three days of looking for missing cowboy Ben Tyner, RCMP have yet again suspended their search.

“At this point there is nothing new to report, unfortunately Tyner has not been located,” said Sgt. Janelle Shoihet. “Investigators will now work to determine next steps.”

READ MORE: Search resumes for Merritt cowboy missing since January

Tyner was reported missing Jan. 28, two days after he was last seen. His riderless horse was found on a logging road off Highway 97 near Winnie Flats in Merritt.

The search for Tyner, who was originally from Wyoming and had been working as a manager at Nicola Ranch before he disappeared, used RCMP air units, police dogs, tactical teams and the dive team.

This wasn’t the first time the search for the missing cowboy was suspended. At the start of February police stopped the search due to extreme cold and snow.

His family, from Wyoming, had been in Merritt at the time to assist with the search but returned home without answers.

READ MORE: Disappearance of Merritt cowboy now deemed suspicious

RCMP declared Tyner’s disappearance suspicious in March; although police did not disclose why they thought it might be criminal in nature.

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