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Burnt RV belonged to missing Alberta couple
A motorhome that was found on fire near Edson, Alta., a week ago belonged to a missing Alberta couple, the RCMP said Monday evening.
Lyle Thomas McCann, 78, and Marie Ann McCann, 77, left St. Albert on July 3. The couple was driving a 1999 green and white Gulf Stream Sun Voyager recreational vehicle, which was towing a light green Hyundai Tucson.
The couple was headed to Chilliwack, B.C., to meet a family member on July 10 but never showed up.
Missing Alberta couple mystery widens
RCMP are calling the mysterious disappearance of an Edmonton-area couple “extremely suspicious” after the pair's motorhome was discovered engulfed in flames earlier this month.
Investigators said Tuesday they are rechecking a campground area west of Edmonton where the burned motorhome was found July 5, hoping for clues as to the whereabouts of Lyle McCann, 78, and his wife Marie, 77.
Alberta couples disappearance devastates family
The family of an Alberta couple missing for more than a week is devastated by their disappearance.
Lyle Thomas McCann, 78, and his wife, Marie Ann McCann, 77, left St. Albert on July 3 headed for B.C. They were driving a 1999 green and white Gulf Stream Sun Voyager recreational vehicle and towing a light green Hyundai Tucson.
"Our whole family is just devastated by this," their son, Bret McCann, said at a news conference in Edmonton on Tuesday. "It's just devastating to us all. It's just unbelievable, really. We're a really close-knit family."
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Motorhome of missing couple found on fire
The motorhome of a missing St. Albert couple was found on fire near Edson, RCMP said Monday evening.
The couple -- Lyle Thomas McCann, 78, and Marie Ann McCann, 77 -- left on vacation July 3 and were expected to arrive in Abbotsford, B.C., on Saturday, when they were reported missing by family.
RCMP say the McCanns' motorhome, a 1999 green and white Gulf Stream Sun Voyager, was found burning July 5 just outside the Minnow Lake campground southeast of Edson.
The motorhome was identified through licence and registration, RCMP said.
Son to missing parents 'we're looking as hard as we can for you'
We know you're out there. You may be hurt," McCann, his voice quavering with emotion, said Tuesday. "But we're looking as hard as we can for you."
Police are calling the mysterious disappearance of Lyle McCann, 78 and his wife Marie, 77, "extremely suspicious." Their motorhome was discovered engulfed in flames in a remote wooded area near Edson, Alta., July 5.
RCMP and the family believe a missing light green Hyundai Tucson SUV the couple were towing behind their RV may be the key to finding out what happened to them.
Family of missing couple speaks out
The son of a missing St. Albert couple spoke out at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Bret McCann says he wants his parents, 77-year-old Marie Ann McCann, and 78-year-old Lyle Thomas McCann, to know that their family is working hard to find them.
"We know you are out there...you may be hurt,we are looking as hard as we can for you," said Bret McCann.
The couple left July 3rd for a holiday in B.C. and police say there has been no record of the pair making any phone calls or using their bank account since.
The RV belonging to the couple has been found burned-out near the Minnow Lake campground about 35 kilometres southeast of Edson.
Mounties launch belated search for missing couple
Faced with the mysterious disappearance of an elderly couple who haven’t spoken to family, made a cell phone call or used a bank card in more than a week, RCMP have intensified a search one critic says should have started five days earlier.
Edmonton-area residents Lyle McCann, 78, and Marie Ann McCann, 77, were reported missing on Saturday when they failed to pick up their daughter and granddaughter at the airport in Abbotsford, B.C.
Search near missing couples burned motorhome over
The RCMP says a ground and aerial search of the area where a missing Alberta couple's burned out motorhome was found is now over.
Alberta RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Patrick Webb announced Wednesday afternoon that the search of the remote wooded area near Edson, Alta., is over, but officers will continue to follow up on tips from the public.
"Right now whatever tips and information have come in, our investigators are just finishing up on that," Webb said.
Possible break in missing couple case
RCMP in Prince George are following what may be a strong lead the case of a missing St. Albert couple.
Mounties are looking for two people who turned in some valuable information about Lyle and Marie McCann's missing SUV.
Spokesperson Gary Godwin says this couple saw the green Hyundai Tuscon with Alberta plates.
"The vehicle was seen in the Prince George area within the last four days, so if you have any information regarding this please call us." explains Gary Godwin, spokesman for Prince George RCMP.
More tips on missing couple
A “credible” tip about an elusive SUV at the heart of the search for two St. Albert seniors wasn’t acted on for a day, Mounties say.
And since the initial sighting of the light green Hyundai Tucson was reported Tuesday in Prince George, more tipsters have come forward.
“We have received two more confirmed sightings of this vehicle in town,” said Prince George RCMP spokesman Gary Godwin.
“We feel they are credible.”
The Prince George RCMP detachment received its first report July 13, indicating the Tucson was in the area last Tuesday.
RCMP ignored tip about missing couple's SUV
Two people who told police they saw an SUV matching the description of a missing Alberta couple's vehicle in Prince George, B.C., say staff at the local RCMP detachment weren't interested in the information when they reported it Tuesday.
"They said, 'Well, that was last Thursday' and we came in on Tuesday and they said it was irrelevant because it was four days ago, five days ago," Diana Bjorklund told CBC Radio in Prince George.
Bjorklund went to the detachment with her father, Evert, to report seeing a vehicle matching the description of the Hyundai Tucson, belonging to Lyle and Marie McCann, who haven't been seen since they bought gas in their hometown of St. Albert, Alta., on July 3.
Foul play suspected in case of missing couple
The RCMP now suspect foul play in the disappearance of a missing couple from St. Albert.
"There is foul play involved in here some how. There is criminal act already. Burning a motorhome is a criminal act in itself -- you put that together with the missing persons there something with foul play happening here," said Sgt. Patrick Webb with the RCMP.
The RCMP have released video footage of the missing couple on what is believed to be the day they were departing for a trip to B.C.
Daughter frantic when parents no shows at airport
Trudy Holder knew something was wrong when her parents weren't waiting to meet her at the Abbotsford, B.C., airport.
"I was totally shocked that they weren't standing there to give us a hug," said Holder, 49.
The last time anyone saw Lyle McCann, 78 and his wife, Marie McCann, 77, was July 3 around 9: 30 a.m. in St. Albert, when they refuelled their RV. By July 10, Holden reported her parents missing after they didn't meet her and their nine-year-old granddaughter Morgan at the airport. They were supposed to head out together on a two-week vacation to Cultus Lake.
RCMP respond to criticism for McCann investigation
RCMP say the investigation into the disappearance of a St. Albert couple will be reviewed for possible procedural mistakes, and new details into the investigation are expected to be released this afternoon.
Sgt. Patrick Webb says the RCMP are reviewing handling of evidence in the disappearance of Lyle McCann, 78 and his wife, Marie McCann, 77, last seen refueling their RV July 3 around 9: 30 a.m. in St. Albert. The review is automatic and is not a more formal step of internal investigation.
Person of interest in McCann case identified
RCMP announced at a news conference on Friday that they're looking for Travis Edward Vader as a “person of interest” in the case of Lyle McCann, 78 and his wife, Marie McCann, 77, who have been missing since July 3, 2010.
"A person of interest might be a witness, it might be someone who becomes a suspect, it might be someone who becomes an accused. It is a person that we feel can provide us with information to further this investigation." said Assistant Commissioner Peter Hourihan said at the news conference, adding that Vader became a person of interest in the last 24 hours.
Vader is described by police as dangerous, and they say they are trying to locate him.
Missing couples SUV found near Edson, Alta.
The RCMP said Friday they have found an SUV belonging to an Alberta couple who were last seen on July 3 and they are hunting for a man with a long criminal record.
The SUV was found in an area near Highway 16 and Range Road 144, about 30 kilometres east of Edson, Alta.
The scene is close to the Minnow Lake campground where the missing couple's burned motorhome was found July 5.
RCMP announce two new leads in missing couple case
Mounties say they have two new leads in the case of an elderly Alberta couple who vanished during a road trip to the Rockies 13 days ago.
Not only do police have a "person of interest" in the disappearance of 78-year-old Lyle McCann and his 77-year-old wife Marie, but they have also found the couple's Hyundai SUV, which had been missing since July 3.
Man sought in missing couple case 'crazy'
Acquaintances of Travis Edward Vader - the person of interest in the case of the missing St. Albert couple - are confirming RCMP warnings of Vader's dangerous past.
"I can tell you he's crazy. He's not the one you'd want to meet in a dark alley, or anywhere really. He has always been like that," said a woman from Edson who dealt with Vader's Oilfield company and who asked to remain anonymous.
Father of man sought in missing couple case warns of violence
The father of the man wanted for questioning in the disappearance of a St. Albert couple is warning residents in his community not to try to apprehend his son.
If anybody ever tried to corner his son, Travis Vader, they'd probably be attacked, Ed Vader told a group of 50 people Friday night at a MacKay, Alta. community meeting. Vader led the meeting that had been previously scheduled to discuss an increase in crime in the area.
Edmonton police suspect foul play in elderly couples disappearance
Edmonton police said Friday they now suspect foul play in the disappearance of an elderly Alberta couple, and disclosed they have identified a "person of interest."
They also revealed they had found the couple's missing SUV, which has been the subject of an intensive search.
Police are looking for Travis Edward Vader, 38, in connection with the disappearance of Lyle McCann, 78, and his wife Marie, 77. At a news conference Friday in Edmonton, police warned the public not to approach Vader, who they described as six-foot-two and about 220 pounds, with hazel eyes.
RCMP scour area where couples SUV found
An RCMP forensics team combed an area west of Edmonton on Saturday where the SUV of a missing Alberta couple was found.
The SUV belonging to Lyle McCann, 78, and Marie McCann, 77, was discovered Friday.
Investigators are looking for Travis Edward Vader, 38, described as a person of interest in the McCanns' disappearance and possibly armed and dangerous.
Residents fearful as police probe McCann case
Several residents in the Niton Junction area report seeing the man identified as a person of interest in the disappearance of a St. Albert couple as recently as last Tuesday.
A number of people who live in the area told CTV News they recall seeing Travis Vader driving a light green SUV around the community earlier this week.
Alberta RCMP want to speak with the 38-year-old, who they describe as a violent man with a history of drug use, as part of their investigation into the McCann case. Lyle and Marie McCann haven't been seen since July 3rd when they left their home for a vacation in southern B.C.
2 arrests made in McCann disappearance
RCMP in Alberta say they have arrested a second man along with Travis Vader, whom they describe as a person of interest in the disappearance of Lyle and Marie McCann.
Vader, 38, is now in custody at the Edson, Alta., detachment on outstanding warrants, police said. He was to be interviewed about the disappearance of the couple, who were travelling from Alberta to B.C. in a motorhome pulling an SUV.
The second man was arrested Monday morning with Vader at a home in Niton Junction, about 150 kilometres west of Edmonton. Police did not release his name or any pending charges. He was being questioned Monday afternoon, they said.
Travis Edward Vader Arrested on Outstanding Warrants
In the early morning of July 19, 2010, the Edmonton RCMP Emergency Response Team with assistance from the Edmonton City Police Tactical Unit and the Fugitive Apprehension Sheriff Support Team (FASST) arrested Travis Edward Vader on outstanding warrants without incident at a rural residence near Ninton Junction. Travis Vader is currently in custody on the outstanding warrants and will be interviewed concerning the McCann missing persons case. The location of Travis Vader's arrest will be the subject of our continuing investigation.
St. Albert neighbors worry for couple 'very much in love'
Long before they disappeared somewhere between St. Albert and Chilliwack, B.C., Lyle and Marie McCann were famous in their own world, one of a handful of close couples in a quiet crescent, known for their immaculate lawn and their habit of stopping by to say a friendly hello.
"They were very, very much in love," said Norm Muffitt, a neighbour of nearly 40 years. "They would go for walks hand-in-hand — at their age — and he would call her 'darling,' which was pretty old-fashioned."
Relief in Alberta town after Vader arrested
Niton Junction-area residents are expressing relief after police arrested Travis Edward Vader -- a person of interest in the disappearance of St. Albert seniors Lyle and Marie McCann.
Vader remains in custody, police continue to investigate
The RCMP continue to investigate and question who they say is a person of interest in the disappearance of Lyle and Marie McCann of St. Albert. Investigators focused on a rural home where Travis Edward Vader was arrested Monday.
Vader was expected to make his first appearance in court Tuesday morning, but his lawyer appeared instead.
Vader, along with an unnamed man, was arrested Monday following an early morning raid at a rural residence near Niton Junction. The unnamed man has since been released from custody and has not been charged. Police have not released the individual's name.
McCann family optimistic after Vader arrest
Lyle and Marie McCann's granddaughter says her family believes they are one step closer to finding them.
Nicole Walshe says her father, Bret McCann, received a phone call from the RCMP regarding Travis Edward Vader's arrest, while he was sleeping.
"He got a phone call at two in the morning," said Walshe. "[RCMP] just saying they had Vader in custody in Edson detachment."
Vader's lawyer quits
A defence lawyer has withdrawn as the legal representative for the man Alberta RCMP describe as a person of interest in the disappearance of Lyle and Marie Ann McCann.
Travis Vader, who was arrested Monday morning, has a number of outstanding warrants, including three charges of possession of stolen property, legal issues unrelated to the McCann case.
On Tuesday, Brad Thomlinson, Vader's lawyer on those charges, asked provincial court Judge Donald Norheim to allow him to officially withdraw from all matters relating to Vader.
Vader remanded, second male released
Travis Edward Vader, the person of interest in the disappearance of Lyle and Marie McCann, has been remanded in custody until his next appearance in court July 27 on matters unrelated to the McCann investigation. Vader’s lawyer appeared for him in Edson court this morning on those matters.
Vader was arrested Monday morning along with an unidentified male. That man has been released from custody and no charges were made against the individual. RCMP are still conducting an investigation at the arrest scene.
RCMP search Nojack campground
RCMP searched a campground Wednesday just a few kilometres from where Travis Vader was arrested earlier this week.
Residents of MacKay said police had blocked off the road to the Nojack campground, a small rest area on Highway 16, near the town’s turnoff.
Police arrested Vader in nearby MacKay early Monday morning. Police described him as a person of interest in the disappearance of Lyle and Marie McCann. He was also wanted on outstanding warrants.
Vader arrest site area searched
Nearly three weeks after a St. Albert couple vanished, RCMP searched a campground east of Edson on Wednesday.
Police wouldn't confirm by press time whether the search of the Nojack recreation area was related to the mysterious disappearance of the McCanns.
Nor would they say whether anything was discovered.
Authorities keyed on at least four locations at the campground, a source said.
Bret McCann -- whose parents Lyle and Marie McCann vanished after embarking on a road trip to B.C. -- said Wednesday night that he was not aware of the search.
"We're anxious but optimistic," he said.
McCann search focuses oncampground, home
The search for missing Alberta couple Lyle and Marie Ann McCann returned on Wednesday to a wooded area east of Edson, Alta.
About 20 searchers spent the day combing through the woods near the Nojack campground, on Highway 16 between Edson and Edmonton.
The area was first searched on July 17, CBC News has learned.
Vigil held for missing couple
A candlelight vigil for missing St. Albert seniors Lyle and Marie McCann will be held Saturday night.
The vigil will begin at 7 p.m., said Bret Mc-Cann, son of the missing couple. "We want to organize friends and family; there's been such a huge outpouring of support."
"All of our family will be there because we want to keep this at the top of the mind of the public."
The hour-long vigil will be held at St. Albert Place, at 5 St. Anne Street. Some candles will be provided, but guests are encouraged to bring their own. The McCann family is asking the public who cannot attend to turn on a porch light in support of the search.
Multiple sightings of Vader in a Hyundai?
Those who live in the area where Travis Vader was arrested say there were multiple sightings of Vader in a Hyundai, the same make of vehicle that belonged to a St. Albert couple who has been missing for the past 20 days.
It appears the questioning of Travis Vader is now over at the Edson RCMP detachment. Investigators confirm the person of interest in the disappearance of Lyle and Marie McCann has been transferred to Edmonton's Remand Centre.
Twenty days have gone by and there is still no sign of Lyle and Marie McCann.
Vader 'had nothing to do' with couple
The sister of Travis Vader said Tuesday she doesn't believe her brother had anything to do with the disappearance of a St. Albert couple last seen on July 3.
Bobbi-Jo Vader was in an Edmonton courtroom Tuesday when her brother made a brief appearance before a judge. She said her brother looked tired and thin, the result of prolonged drug use. But she insisted he would not hurt anyone.
"I believe in my heart he had nothing to do with that missing couple," she said. "If you knew Travis as a person, he'd never harm or do anything to an innocent person."
Vader's sister speaks outside court
Travis Vader appeared in an Edmonton court room on Tuesday on charges unrelated to the disappearance of Lyle and Marie McCann, who have been missing since July 3rd.
Outside the courtroom, Vader's sister Bobbi-Jo Vader told reporters she does not believe her brother had anything to do with the McCann case.
RCMP still optimistic couple will be found
As the search for a missing St. Albert couple enters its fourth week, RCMP are still optimistic they will be found, although it’s getting more and more difficult.
Sgt. Patrick Webb of RCMP K Division said that the search for Lyle and Marie McCann is ongoing and still moving in a positive direction
Volunteers help McCann family keep search alive
The McCann family is being joined by a number of volunteers who are giving their time to help circulate posters and flyers about the disappearance of Lyle and Marie McCann. The couple has now been missing for a month.
Volunteers gathered with family members in west Edmonton near 169th Street and 118th Avenue on Sunday afternoon to collect posters and tape. The group will distribute the posters at businesses and other public places off the Yellowhead Highway.
McCann family marks month since disappearance
It's been a month since Lyle and Marie McCann of Alberta disappeared, and the police investigation so far hasn't brought family members the answers they're looking for.
The elderly couple from St. Albert, outside Edmonton, vanished July 3 after filling up their motorhome at a gas station en route to British Columbia.
Their son Bret spoke Tuesday with the CBC and issued an appeal to Travis Vader, the man police have named as a person of interest in the case.
Vader and another man were arrested July 19 in Niton Junction, about 150 kilometres west of Edmonton. Vader was interviewed about the disappearance of Lyle, 78, and Marie Ann, 77, and has remained in custody in Edmonton, charged in an unrelated matter. The other man has been released.
The police investigation continues, but McCann family members believe Vader knows something.
Crime Stoppers pleads for clues on missing McCanns
Crime Stoppers has put out a plea for "any piece of information" to help find out what happened to an Alberta couple who have been missing for more than a month.
Lyle and Marie McCann, both in their 70s, were towing a Hyundai Tucson SUV behind their motor home when they disappeared.
Vader faces long list of charges unrelated to McCann case
The person-of-interest in the case of a missing couple from St. Albert is facing a long list of charges unrelated to the case of the McCann's disappearance.
Travis Vader is answering to 16 charges in Evansburg, from driving while suspended, to obstructing a peace officer and possession of stolen property.
On Monday, Vader appeared briefly in an Evansburg courtroom via closed circuit TV.
McCanns disappointed Vader a no show in court
The family of missing St. Albert couple Lyle and Marie McCann came to an Edmonton court on Tuesday hoping to see the man named a person of interest in the case.
But Travis Vader, who RCMP believe has information related to the couple's disappearance, was not in the courtroom. He is being held in custody. A lawyer appeared on his behalf for the brief court proceeding.
"We realize he's only a person of interest in the case," the couple's son Bret McCann said outside court, surrounded by his wife, daughter and son-in-law.
RCMP conduct second probe of area as part of McCann investigation
Police have conducted another search near a campground in the Edson area, as part of their investigation into the disappearance of Lyle and Marie McCann.
Yellow tape now surrounds the bush in the area near the Minnow Lake campground. The missing couple's burnt-out motor home was found at a remote site in the campground shortly after they were reported missing.
Tuesday afternoon, Brett McCann visited the area near where RCMP have been searching in his quest to learn more about the area in the event family members are allowed to proceed with their own search.
McCann family may launch private ground search
The McCann family is laying the groundwork for a private search of the Edson region as their parents' missing persons case drags on.
Bret McCann and siblings met with about 30 people in Edson and area Tuesday afternoon. Some attended a large meeting, others were contacted individually.
"We met with people familiar with the area," said McCann. "We're just trying to network, establish contacts for the next stage if (a private search) ever does happen.
"It shows we're exploring all possible avenues and will leave no stones unturned."
Lyle and Marie McCann have been missing for more than a month.
McCanns ask Alberta hunters to help spot signs of missing parents
As hunting season looms, the family of Lyle and Marie McCann are asking hunters heading into the Edson-area bush to watch for signs of the missing St. Albert couple.
The McCanns have printed 1,000 special flyers with a detailed description of the clothing worn by the couple when they were last seen, heading west July 3 on Highway 16.
The flyers were delivered Friday to Ron's Outdoor Source for Sports in Edson. Owner Alton Hunter said staff are handing one to every hunter or fisherman who buys a licence.
Bow-hunting season begins Aug. 25, followed by rifle-hunting season, starting Sept 17.
McCann family going public for donations
The family of a missing St. Albert couple is asking the public for cash donations to compile a reward for anyone with information on the missing grandparents.
“Someone out there, somewhere, has information related to my parents,” said son Bret McCann.
Bret hopes the cash award will be incentive for people to begin reporting any information on the disappearance of his parents Lyle and Marie McCann were last seen July 3 before embarking on a road trip to B.C.
McCann family hope reward will spur tips on missing couple
The family of a missing St. Albert couple hopes a reward will generate tips that help police find their parents or arrest those involved in their disappearance.
As of Monday, the family of Lyle and Marie McCann had approximately $11,000 to put toward a reward, including an anonymous $10,000 donation.
Family of missing couple optimistic
It has been almost two months since an elderly St. Albert, Alta., couple went missing and family members are anxious for information.
"It's difficult but we are staying optimistic," said Bret McCann, son of the missing couple. "We are all very anxious."
Lyle and Marie McCann were last seen July 3 before embarking on a road trip to B.C.
Their motorhome was found torched at a campground southeast of Edson, Alta., and their vehicle was later located at the end of a rough road near Carrot Creek.
Travis Vader has been deemed a person of interest in the case, but has not been charged.
Vader now a suspect in McCann disappearance
For the first time, RCMP are labelling Travis Vader a suspect in the missing persons case involving Lyle and Marie McCann of St. Albert.
Up to now, Vader, 38, had only been considered a "person of interest." However, the Mounties now say Vader is suspected of committing a crime, and that the disappearance of the McCann was the result of foul play.
At this time, police won't talk about any details of the suspected foul play, nor will they say that charges are imminent.
RCMP name Vader a suspect in McCanns disappearance
The man who police once called a "person of interest" in the case of the disappearance of Lyle and Marie McCann has now been named a suspect in the case.
Police say the investigation is considered to be a suspicious missing person case in which they believe that the disappearance of the couple was a result of foul play. Investigators now say Travis Vader is a suspect in the case.
"It's the positive progress we've made in the investigation, which now validates Mr. Vader as a suspect," said RCMP Sgt. Tim Taniguchi. "In all types of investigations, we get information and it's ongoing information from a number of different sources...this could be from witnesses, through interviews, through statements, through tips," he added.
Missing couple timeline
McCann family refuses to rest
Murray McCann is looking for his aunt and uncle. Jack McCann is looking for his brother and his sister-in-law. What they both really want is an end to a terrible summer.
They are searching for answers and for an end to a family tragedy.
For the past three weekends the pair, along with other family and friends, has scoured the forests around Nojack, MacKay and Minnow Lake, all in the hopes of finding Lyle and Marie McCann, the St. Albert couple that has now been missing for four months.
McCanns to place signs in Nojack area
Family members searching for Lyle and Marie McCann have spoken with landowners, through a contact in the forestry service, about installing signs advertising a $60,000 reward available to anyone who assists police in solving the disappearance of the St. Albert couple.
Search for McCann continues
A St. Albert family still on the look out to find their missing parents say they're meeting with RCMP investigators at least once every two weeks to keep the cold case active.
Lyle McCann, 78, and Marie McCann, 77, disappeared four months ago when they were last seen fueling up their motorhome in St. Albert before heading to Abbotsford, B.C.
Their family says its been a nightmare for them ever since.
Alberta RCMP accused of bungling case of elderly couple missing since summer
The father of a man considered by RCMP as the primary suspect in the disappearance of an elderly Alberta couple says police have “bungled” the case.
Ed Vader told CTV Edmonton that his son Travis Vader, 38, was an “easy pick” for police for focus their efforts on.
He admits his son has had his troubles, has a short fuse and can be physically intimidating.
But he also says he’s talked to Travis and his son denies having any hand in what became of Lyle and Marie McCann.
Despite snow, search for McCanns continue
Sargeant Patrick Webb recognizes there are new challenges in the search for Lyle and Marie McCann, but police remain committed to the case.
"With the snow on the ground, it's going to be more difficult to do a physical search just visually as well as across frozen ground," said Webb, Friday. "But certainly, we still have a full compliment of investigators working and if we get any information about a particular location that has to be searched, we'll be moving into that area and making that search happen."
Webb says there are 20 investigators committed to the case.
McCann disappearance case still ongoing issue
As the spotlight shifts to the disappearance of a newly missing elderly Edmonton couple, one family is still set on solving a similar case.
Right now, Edmonton police are searching for local business owners 72-year-old Perry Kit Wong and his common-law wife Eloise Fendelet, 71, were seen was Dec. 27.
The pair were supposed to return to work on Jan. 3, but colleagues have yet to see or from them, prompting the police to get involved.
Meanwhile, Bret McCann is finding it difficult to stay optimistic with every passing moment his own parents remain missing.
But after meeting with police investigators about the case last week, Bret was told that a recent media blitz in St. Albert last month sparked some “useful tips” in the case, but no details were offered.
Security video of Lyle McCann released
RCMP have released security video of Lyle McCann filling up his motorhome with gas at the St. Albert Superstore gas bar. McCann and his wife Marie have been missing since they left their St. Albert home on July 3, 2010 bound for Abbotsford B.C.
Home video of Lyle McCann
( 1 ) CTV -- News Channel: Police give update in the case = http://watch.ctv.ca/news/#clip324794
( 2 ) CTV -- Edmonton: Police on the lookout for missing St. Albert couple : http://watch.ctv.ca/news/#clip324460
Following link contains more CTV video clips:
( 1 ) Bret McCann talks to the Edmonton media about his missing parents, Lyle and Marie McCann (News Conference)
CBC VIDEO: http://www.cbc.ca/video/player.html?...pid=1543409914
( 2 ) RCMP seek the public's help in finding an Alberta couple missing for more than a week (daughter interviewed)
CBC VIDEO: http://www.cbc.ca/video/player.html?...pid=1543509241
( 3 ) Alberta couple is still missing after their motorhome was found engulfed in flames last week
CBC VIDEO: http://www.cbc.ca/video/player.html?...pid=1543259785
Mystery man claims he can help the McCann family
It's the latest twist in a story that's already shrouded in mystery.
The family of Lyle and Marie McCann, who disappeared over half a year ago after leaving St. Albert for a B.C.-camping trip, has been alerted to an ad that's been placed in local classified papers.
The person who placed it claims to have some insight into the whereabouts of the missing couple.
Ad claiming to know whereabouts of missing couple "twisted": son
An ad taken out in a local paper alleging to know where missing couple Lyle and Marie McCann are has prompted a response from the couple's son.
The person who placed the ad claimed to have information on the whereabouts of the McCanns, who went missing last July.
Investigation into McCann disappearance still open
Brett McCann wants the public to know that the investigation into the disappearance of his parents, Lyle and Marie McCann, is still open.
Lyle, 78, and Marie, 77, McCann were last seen fuelling up their motor home in St. Albert, Alberta on July 3, 2010. The couple had planned to drive their RV to Abbotsford, B.C., but they never reached their destination.
Bill would help police find missing people
The Alberta government has tabled new legislation to help police find missing people by accessing personal information.
The Missing Persons Act, or Bill 8, would allow police working on a missing-person case to search personal information -such as cellphone and financial records -even when there is no reason to suspect a crime has been committed.
Investigation into McCann disappearance still open
Brett McCann wants the public to know that the investigation into the disappearance of his parents, Lyle and Marie McCann, is still open.
Lyle, 78, and Marie, 77, McCann were last seen fuelling up their motor home in St. Albert, Alberta on July 3, 2010. The couple had planned to drive their RV to Abbotsford, B.C., but they never reached their destination.
On July 5 the McCanns' RV was found engulfed in flames near Minnow Lake campground, 20 km east of Edson. On July 16 the Hyundai Tucson SUV they had been towing was found near Carrot Creek, 30 km east of Edson.
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New law helps with missing persons
Alberta has introduced legislation that would force banks, phone companies and Internet providers to quickly provide personal information to police in missing person cases.
The data would have to be handed over even if there was no proof that the person was a crime victim.
A recent case involves Lyle and Marie McCann of St. Albert, who were last seen on July 3 just outside of Edmonton, where police may have benefitted.
It took RCMP more than a week after that to get access to the couple’s bank and phone records because there was no proof that they were crime victims.
Suspect in Alta. couples disappearance denied bail
Travis Vader, a suspect in the disappearance of Alberta couple Lyle and Marie Ann McCann, was denied bail Friday.
Police believe Vader, who is being held in custody on unrelated matters, has information about the McCanns or had some involvement with them, although he has not been charged with anything related to the couple's disappearance.
His bail hearing was in relation to theft, firearms and arson charges. Vader, 38, will remain at the Edmonton Remand Centre.
McCann family awaiting bodies ID's
When Bret McCann heard two bodies were found in a field on the outskirts of Edmonton Wednesday night, his heart skipped a beat.
It's been nine months since his parents went missing, and with still no trace of the couple, Bret and his family are longing for some closure.
Investigation continues in pair of suspicious deaths
A medical examiner performed autopsies on two bodies Thursday, one day after a man out four-wheeling on the western fringe of Edmonton stumbled across the remains.
The discovery was made in a rural, treed area west of Lewis Estates, near 215th Street. CTV News is told the passerby was riding on a clay road in a region that's being cleared for future development.
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Bodies found not McCanns
When news came across the wire that two bodies had been found on the western of Edmonton, Bret McCann was of two minds.
McCann’s parents, Lyle and Marie, have been missing since July 2010. They were last seen fuelling up their motorhome at the Superstore gas bar on St. Albert Trail, heading out to meet their daughter in British Columbia. But they never arrived, and their burned-out RV was found near Edson a couple of days later.
So, when the discovery was made near 215 Street and Stony Plain Road, it made for som anxious moments for McCann and his family.
Searching for closure
The family of a missing St. Albert couple says they will be renewing search efforts soon; saying they're desperate for closure.
Lyle and Marie McCann have been missing for more than nine months. The couple was last seen July 3 when they took off on a road trip to B.C. Their burned out RV was found two days later in a campsite near Edson.
Family to renew search for missing Alberta couple
The family of a missing couple from St. Albert are about to renew their search.
Lyle and Marie McCann went missing nine months ago, and their burned out motorhome was located near Edson.
Missing seniors cases baffling
It’s been almost one year since an Edmonton senior couple vanished and family members want the nightmare to come to a close.
Bret McCann, son of Lyle, 78, and Marie McCann, 72, who went missing last July said the family is trying to be patient and working closely with police, but remaining patient is becoming difficult.
“It’s difficult knowing that something happened to my parents, but not knowing what it is – there’s no closure,” said Bret. “It’s been a nightmare but we have to be patient. We don’t have a choice.”
The seniors left their St. Albert home July 3 bound for a road trip to Abbotsford B.C. but they never made it to their destination.
Campers find two human skulls in a remote area near Grande Prairie
Something in the air just wasn’t right.
For the past three or four years, Derek Jenner and a dozen friends have spent their May long weekend camping and riding quads in a remote area half an hour southeast of Grande Prairie, five kilometres east of Bezanson and south on Forestry Trunk Road.
This year, a persistent odour was in the air, something rotten that lingered on and off all day Friday and Saturday.
Prime suspect in McCann's disappearance makes court appearance
The man considered a suspect in the disappearance of Lyle and Marie McCann appeared in a Mayerthorpe courtroom Tuesday for a preliminary hearing on charges unrelated to the couple.
Travis Vader is answering to 13 charges, from arson to theft over $5,000.
He's never been charged in connection to the McCanns' disappearance, only named a suspect.
Vader's court case put off until Aug.
The court case against the man considered a suspect in the disappearance of Lyle and Marie McCann has been put of until late August.
Travis Vader was expected to go to trial in the Town of Evansburg. He is facing 16 charges including drug possession, firearms offences and resisting arrest. But the defence lawyer said he didn't have full disclosure from the Crown after taking over for Vader's original council.
Search continues for missing couple
As the one year anniversary of the disappearance of an elderly St. Albert couple looms, RCMP and other search and rescue personnel are picking up the search for Lyle and Marie McCann.
The couple disappeared July 3, 2010, after leaving in their RV to visit friends in British Columbia.
Their motorhome was found burned on July 5, and the vehicle they were towing was found abandoned four days later.
The only person of interest in the case, Travis Vader, is currently behind bars on unrelated charges.
Search continues nearly one year later
It's been almost a year since the disappearance of Lyle and Marie McCann, who were last seen gassing up in St. Albert in early July. Their burned out motorhome was found a couple days later southeast of Edson, on a site near Lodgepole, Alberta. That's where a civilian crew focused their search efforts on Sunday, spending the day navigating the rough terrain on quads and foot, looking for anything out of the ordinary.
RCMP resumes search for missing Alberta couple
Investigators are revisiting the mysterious disappearance of Lyle and Marie McCann, nearly one year after the elderly Alberta couple went missing.
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