“We just want to know what happened to him": Shtuka family

Ryan Shtuka’s parents join Kamloops RCMP in appealing for information a year after disappearance

This Sunday marks a year since Ryan Shtuka vanished in Sun Peaks during a house party on Burfield Drive.

The 20-year-old Beaumont, Alta., man disappeared in the early-morning hours of Feb. 17, 2018.

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His parents, Heather and Scott, have vowed to continue searching the ski resort as the have done all year and called upon the public for more information during a police press conference on Friday.

“You have to wonder every single day — is today the day that someone’s going to stumble upon something that leads us to Ryan?” Heather said.

Mounties have not ruled out foul play, but have found nothing suspicious.

RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said police have no evidence Ryan left Sun Peaks.

Police continue to investigate tips they receive and welcome more information — including any speculation.

“If somebody has a speculation on what has happened, we welcome those. Those are considered our tips and we thoroughly investigate them to a natural conclusion,” Shelkie said.

She said tips regarding the case come in on a weekly basis, noting officers have investigated all leads received to date.

RELATED: A year later, Shtuka’s disappearance remains a mystery

Police hope Friday’s press conference will jog memories of those in Sun Peaks a year ago about anything suspicious or that may be relevant to determining Ryan’s whereabouts.

“We really need that support from the public,” RCMP Supt. Syd Lecky said. “Somebody knows something and we need people to come forward.”

Heather said she thinks of her son every morning when she wakes up and every night as she goes to sleep.

“But it’s the in-between time that is the worst. It is the remembering that brings me the greatest torment and the most heartbreak because I remember this beautiful baby boy,” she said.

“I remember this curious child who talked non-stop about Bionicles, Yu-Gi-Oh and dinosaurs. I remember the somewhat surly teenager that teased his sisters relentlessly and then would feel bad bad and surprised them with Slushees.”

Scott thanked all the volunteers who have helped them search for Ryan since his disappearance.

“We’d like to make sure if somebody knows something, please come [forward],” said Scott. “We miss Ryan a lot and want to bring him home.”

Heather said they will continue to conduct searches until they decide they no longer can.

Ryan is white, stands six feet tall, weighs 180 pounds and has blond hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing dark jeans, a grey and white shirt, blue coat and burgundy ball cap.

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