Surrey Mounties believe foul play may be behind the disappearances of two men whose vehicle was found parked in a wooded area near Logan Lake, about 45 minutes southwest of Kamloops.
On Friday, Aug. 2, police executed a search warrant on a rural property in Spences Bridge, south of Ashcroft. The property is the location of a business associated with Ryan Provencher, who remains missing, along with friend Richard Scurr.
Police believe the two men were travelling to the Spences Bridge property from Surrey on July 17, the last day they were seen.
“Given the length of time Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing, officers are also considering that foul play may be a factor in this investigation,” Cpl. Elenore Sturko said.
There has been no word from police on what, if anything, has been found on the property.
Provencher, 38 and Scurr, 37 were last seen in the 16400-block of 23A Avenue in South Surrey at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17.
Police say they were planning to travel to Spences Bridge.
Four days later, on July 21, the vehicle in which they were last seen — a white 2019 Jeep Cherokee — was discovered, unoccupied, in a wooded area near Logan Lake.
Sturko said the Jeep, which was not burned or otherwise damaged, has been examined in Kamloops by police, with results of the detailed forensic work still to come.
Police said there were no initial signs of foul play when the Jeep was recovered. An an extensive land and air search of nearby wooded areas led to the conclusion that the men were not in the area.
Sturko said she could not speak to online comments on news reports that have suggested the disappearances are connected to criminal and gang activity.
“Whether or not people had past involvement with the police has no effect on how an investigation is conducted,” she said.
“We look at all aspects of someone’s background and associations and we go where the evidence leads us. We really do encourage people to come forward with any information that could help.”
Provencher is white, 38 years old and has a slim build. He stands 5-foot-10, weighs 180 pounds and has short, brown hair and blue eyes.
Scurr is white, 37 years old and has an athletic build. He stands 6-foot-4, weighs 220 pounds and has brown hair (worn in a brush cut) and brown eyes.
Anybody with information on the whereabouts of Provencher and Scurr is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be left online at solvecrime.ca.