CANADA Canada - Ben Tyner, 32, cowboy, his horse returned w/o him, Merritt, British Columbia, 26 Jan 2019

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  1. Equestrian

    Equestrian Active Member

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    They are talking about them there? Do they say what they are?? Heading there now to look...
     
  2. Gumbeaux

    Gumbeaux Southern Sleuther

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    When BT was first reported missing, was it possible to do any equine forensics if you will? Blood spatter on horse, etc.? Or examine its hooves for particular path taken (i.e., rocky vs muddy)?
     
  3. Trudie

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    Trudie Well-Known Member

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    There’s no msm answers to your questions.
     
  5. Brubon

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    Hopefully LE will get those answers and solve this mystery disappearance.
    I wish peace for BT's family and friends.
     
  6. Trudie

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    It’s peculiar Ben didn’t mention to anyone he intended to search for strays on his day off.
    Previously posted article:
    Horse belonging to missing Merritt cowboy arrived at ranch unscathed
    Tammy Straya told Postmedia News that Tyner had brought the horse with him from Wyoming when he took the job as Nicola Ranch’s ranch manager three months ago.

    “The horse is good. Nothing attacked the horse,; something might have scared it, but there’s no blood, no spur marks, no scratches. It’s his horse, and it’s a gentle horse,” Straya said.

    The search for Tyner has been underway since Monday afternoon, after the riderless and fully tacked horse was found by loggers in the area. The horse was taken to the Nicola Ranch where a brand inspector confirmed it was Tyner’s horse.

    Nicola Valley SAR and Kamloops SAR began the search, backed by several volunteers from other search-and-rescue groups. By Tuesday there were 40 search-and-rescue workers on site plus police dogs, snowmobiles and RCMP air support, including drones. The search continued Wednesday, with the help of the Lower Nicola Indian Band.

    Straya said Tyner was last seen on Saturday. She said his truck and trailer are still parked in his driveway and there was nothing to suggest in what direction he had headed or why.

    “We don’t know where he was going. It’s totally out of character for him to leave the ranch without notifying someone. None of this is adding up, it’s a flippin’ mystery,” she said, adding the search was weighing heavily on ranch staff.
     
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  8. Trudie

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    How sad for them to have no answers. Reading their words really says it all, imo.
    Leaving Ca must have been tremendously difficult, knowing they were leaving Ben. I hope RCMP gives them daily updates.
     
  9. Trudie

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    Another day with no news.
    Fingers crossed RCMP tip line is producing some leads.
     
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    And I see many of us cannot let this go...I keep checking back...always with hope. IMHO
     
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  11. Tbone144

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    The way the horse was tacked poses an interesting identifier if he tacked his horse. I grew up tightening my cinch a certain way and I still do it that way on my horses for the western saddle, multiple loops then then sort of wrap it round and through the dee which picks up the extra and makes it secure. When I started taken lessons, my instructor asked me to do the cinch a different way, couple of loops and then through the hole in the latigo. Then what one does with the excess latigo (leather or nylon strap) can be quite personal as well, back through the dee, through the holder or hanging free. I will tighten mine the same even if there is a buckle versus a ring in the cinch. That’s just one example, but the most likely identifier if anyone paid attention. Not sure it would be visible in pictures.

    FWIW it really makes me uncomfortable doing my cinch anyway but the way I was taught, also not checking my cinch before I get on makes me uncomfortable. There is no “I’ll try something different today”, but maybe I’m just really type A.
     
  12. Trudie

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    I know. I guess it’s just such an incredibly sad ending of a seemingly perfect life of a young man, following his dream.
     
  13. Trudie

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    I agree. His bro would know, if anyone got pix. But, I doubt anyone did because everyone assumed Ben had separated from his horse, as the result of an accident.
    We don’t know if LE are working under a different premise now, or not.
     
  14. enelram

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    I keep seeing the mention by RCMP of a "publication ban"
    regarding other crimes in the area and thus it seems this
    is the norm for the way they operate on dispensing news
    of criminal activity.
    We don't know the level of skill or sophistication of the local
    LE officers who were called in early in the investigation.
    I've lived in small towns where the local police chief was
    also the part-time dog catcher and wasn't especially skilled
    or educated in crime investigation. Sort of Barney Fife,
    if you know what I mean.
    So my point is, maybe lots of clues were overlooked or
    covered up by searchers. Maybe no one really checked
    out Ben's horse or the way he was saddled/tacked up,
    or whether he had blood or gun shot residue on him.
    We just don't know. We may never know.
     
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  15. Trudie

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    You’re right (of course) Enelram. First indications led everyone one way. But, was it the right way?
    I think not. Just my opinion.
     
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    Another thought of why I suspected an illegal game poacher
    or cattle thief- From reading lots of local fb pages, there are
    a lot of low income people in that area who seem to hunt and fish a
    lot for food not just recreationally. If you're dependent on local game or lost cattle
    to feed your family or just yourself, local laws or hunting
    schedules wouldn't mean much when you're hungry and
    have no money. They could also sell off their excess meat.
    I wonder how strict local LE is on hunting off the calendar.
    Do they prosecute? How about cattle thieves? Do LE bother
    to pursue it?
     
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  17. Trudie

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    Wow. Interesting. Idk how fish & wildlife patrol the Nicola area. Locals might know if they’re in a seldom patrolled area. I have a vacay home in western MI, F & W are always around. The time/weather matters none.
     
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  18. enelram

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    Say Ben came upon some locals poaching or rustling stray
    cattle, since he wasn't a local maybe he didn't understand
    the local philosophy of live and let live, when it came to
    needing game or a cow to feed your family.
    I think I read somewhere that F and W was located in a
    larger town 20-30 miles away. So not likely they patrol
    in Merritt very heavily, moo.
     
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  19. DarkestHour2019

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    Yes seven Eleven is open 24/7, there are 3 or 4 bars open, ah yeah a Chevron is open 24/7, I think that’s about it. Let’s see if I can remember the bars, you have the Grand, the Cold Water Bar, the Time Out Bar, they serve alcohol at Boston Pizza but that’s more of a sports bar.
     
  20. zecats

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    MISSING: BEN TYNER

    From an admin of page:

    Just to give you all piece of mind I spoke with Jack today and Bens horses and dogs are back on the ranch in Wyoming... this is just a picture not actual animals...
     
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