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Posted: June 25, 2013

Missing men not located inside truck

rcmplogoFamily and friends have finally completed the recovery of the pickup truck, believed to have belonged to one of two missing men, from above Findlay Creek Falls west of Canal Flats.

Continuing efforts to recover the truck were hampered by the recent extreme rainfall that markedly increased the river flows in the area, including Findlay Creek, where a truck believed to be that of two young men, one from Canal Flats and one from Alberta had been located last week.

“Receding water levels revealed that the truck had been pushed downstream and was now visible and accessible. Family and friends brought a skidder to the area, which hooked the truck and pulled it to shore. The truck has now been towed from the location. The damage to the truck from the water pressure was extensive. Neither of the deceased were located in the vehicle wreckage and the search will continue as environmental conditions permit,” reported Cpl. Pat Prefontaine of Cranbrook/Kimberley RCMP.

The truck was initially located on June 16 following a search that was initiated June 9 when 21-year-old Stephen Thomson of Canal Flats and 18-year-old Nicholas Hoefnagels of Carstairs, Alberta were declared missing while taking part in a camping trip at Whitetail Lake.

The search for the two missing men continues.

If anyone has any additional information about this can call the Kimberley RCMP at 250-427-4811 or East Kootenay Crimestoppers (1-800-222-TIPS)

You can also leave Crimestoppers and a webtip.

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