The bodies of two men reported missing last month in the B.C. Interior have been found near Ashcroft — and foul play is believed to be behind the deaths.
The bodies of Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr were found on Saturday afternoon in a rural area north of Spences Bridge.
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. The Jeep, which was not burned or otherwise damaged and was examined in Kamloops by police, with results of the detailed forensic work not revealed.
Police suspected foul play in the disappearances.
On Aug. 2, Mounties executed a search warrant on a rural property in Spences Bridge, south of Ashcroft. The property is the location of a business associated with Provencher.
“We have been working closely with the BC Coroners Service to confirm the identities of the deceased as Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr, who were reported missing to the Surrey RCMP in mid-July of this year,” said RCMP Sgt. Steve Rigby.
“The RCMP is confirming their identities in an effort to advance our investigation into their deaths.”
The investigation is being led by the RCMP’s Southeast District major crimes unit and assisted by the Ashcroft and Lytton RCMP detachments.
The BC Coroners Service is also investigating the deaths.
In the weeks after the men went missing, Rhonda McKelvie, a close friend of the men’s families, appealed for help.
She told KTW family and friends of the men were desperate for news, noting both Provencher and Scurr had daughters who needed their fathers.
Anybody with information on the deaths is asked to contact the tipline at 1-877-987-8477 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.