Search continues for missing cowboy in Nicola Valley

Kamloops Search and Rescue crews are assisting Nicola Valley Search and Rescue in the hunt for a missing cowboy from the Merritt area.

RCMP Staff. Sgt. Lorne Wood confirmed local police are assisting with the search as well.

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Police in Merritt became aware of the situation at 12:30 p.m. Monday after a horse returned without its rider. 

The horse was located by loggers in the area and its owner, a 32-year-old male, was identified by local ranchers.

Police determined the man was last seen Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. and it is not known when he entered the backcountry.

Nicola Valley Search and Rescue is co-ordinating the search with assistance from Kamloops Search and Rescue and a host of other teams.

Other teams involved in the search are from the Shuswap, Penticton, Princeton, Logan Lake, the Central Okanagan, Chilliwack and Surrey. A total of 40 personnel were on site Monday evening, in addition to police dog services, snowmobiles and air support for the RCMP.

Members of the public are being asked not to search alone as it may interfere with search efforts.

Merritt RCMP are asking anyone who saw a male riding in the Swakum ridge area to contact them at 250-378-4262.

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