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Mother of missing man to hold book signing at Chapters

Heather Shtuka will be at the Kamloops bookstore on Feb. 18, one day after the five-year anniversary of son Ryan’s disappearance from Sun Peaks

Heather Shtuka will be at the Chapters bookstore in Kamloops next month to sign copies of her book , Missing From Me, which chronicles the first year after son Ryan vanished while at Sun Peaks.

Heather will be at the bookstore in Aberdeen Village — at Hillside Drive and Pacific Way — on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The book signing will occur one day after the five-year anniversary of Ryan’s disappearance.

The  20-year-old Beaumont, Alta., man disappeared in the early-morning hours of Feb. 17, 2018. Mounties have not ruled out foul play, but have not reported finding anything suspicious and Ryan’s disappearance remains a mystery.

Parents Heather and Scott have made continual trips to Sun Peaks over the years to conduct searches in the resort municipality, trying to find signs of their son — all to no avail.

Heather told KTW last month that part of the reason she decided to write the book was to ensure Ryan’s legacy is left behind, not only for his family, but for many others whose lives he touched. She began writing the book in March 2020, when COVID-19 restrictions forced people inside their homes.

“I sat down, my husband encouraged me to put pen to paper and I started writing,” Heather said. “I thought it was going to be hard and, when you’re in it, the memories start flooding back.”

Missing from Me is available online from Chapters, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.