Desperate to find son

Alanna Kelly

UPDATE: 11:02 a.m.

The investigation into missing person Ryan Shtuka continues with RCMP asking for the public's help.

Kamloops Rural RCMP are asking for all residents of Sun Peaks to check their outbuildings, stating that it may be possible that Ryan made his way into a shed or garage or even an unlocked car.

RCMP say officers are also actively following up on all tips, but "so far there have been no tips that suggest Ryan left the village of Sun Peaks on February 17." 

RCMP are asking if anyone does believe they saw Ryan after 2:50 a.m. last Saturday, they are asked to contact Kamloops Rural RCMP at 250-314- 1800 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 222-8477.

UPDATE: 9:40 a.m.

The search continues for Ryan Shtuka, 20, who vanished after leaving a party at Sun Peaks Resort over the weekend.

GoFundMe page has been created in Beaumont in the hopes of supporting Shtuka's  loved ones so they can put all their efforts into continuing the search for their son.

So far, the page has raised $20,218 of a $20,000 goal and continues to raise more by the minute, helping the search continue.

ORIGINAL: 5 a.m.

Ryan Shtuka left a party near Burfield Drive at Sun Peaks Resort in the early morning of Feb. 17.

That was the last time the 20-year-old man was seen.

His mother is pleading for help from the public to find her son.

“It’s overwhelming, it's unbearable to be honest,” said Heather Shtuka.

The family received a message that Shtuka vanished after the party and did not show up for his job Saturday. He has not been active on social media or cellular networks since leaving the party.

His residence was just a little over a kilometre away from the party on Burfield Drive, where he was last seen at about 2:10 a.m.

“(Search and Rescue) spent the whole day Sunday canvasing the area, using drones, snowmobiles, helicopters, 60 volunteers and dogs trying to focus on the area where he was supposed to be to where he would have ended up,” she said.

Shtuka, originally from Beaumont, Alta., moved to Sun Peaks Resort in December to work as a lift operator and was expected to stay until April.

“He came up here with his friends and was enjoying himself up here doing something he really liked to do,” she said.

Kamloops Search and Rescue called off their search Monday but family, friends and volunteers are not stopping their search.

“We are really hoping we can find something outside of what has already been searched which will engage the search and rescue team to come back,” said Shtuka.

The family is asking for residents living near Sun Peaks Resort to check their security footage from Feb. 17 after 1 a.m.

“If anybody remembers seeing him after he left the party perhaps on the way home,” she said.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-314-1800.

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