A close friend of the families of missing Surrey men Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr has issued a plea for more information that may lead to discovering their whereabouts.
Rhonda McKelvie said family and friends of the men are “desperate for news” and urged anyone with any information to come forward to assist the RCMP in the ongoing search.
“Both have young daughters and missed picking them up; both have missed family vacations,” McKelvie said.
“They have a lot of people that love them. We need to get them home.”
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 July 17.
Police say they were planning to travel to Spences Bridge, south of Ashcroft.
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.
RCMP Cpl, Elenore Sturko told KTW on Tuesday that there is no new information to release, other than to note one of the two men travelled regularly to Spences Bridge as he has a business in the area.
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.
She said police are asking for witnesses to come forward with any information, be it sightings of Provencher and Scurr or dashboard or surveillance video that may help investigators.
Sturko said police believe the pair made it to Spences Bridge, but have no information on their travels after arriving in the community.
She said police continue to work on a timeline of the men’s movements since they were last seen.
“We’re looking to still confirm that they reached their original destination, and to see if we can find any video of them at any points during their trip,” Sturko said.
Police said last week that 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.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the men to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Information can also be left online at solvecrime.ca.
— with files from the Peace Arch News