Still searching for cowboy.....

Re: Still searching for cowboy.....

Postby Fancy » Feb 4th, 2019, 11:11 am

Robinson says the gelding was “a little bit jumpy” and one of its reins was broken.


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Re: Still searching for cowboy.....

Postby dle » Feb 4th, 2019, 11:35 am

Fancy wrote:
Robinson says the gelding was “a little bit jumpy” and one of its reins was broken.


https://www.columbiavalleypioneer.com/n ... e-weekend/



thanks for posting this - I hadn't read this article. It all just seems to add more questions than answers eh? Reins are strong and important, he was a good cowboy who would have made sure his were in good condition. I'm thinking it would take a lot to break a rein. Doesn't say it was cut, just broken, but maybe he was injured and broke or cut it himself and set the horse loose hoping it would head home and they'd send out the searchers. All just speculation of course......

I wonder what made the other ranchers think this:

RCMP said earlier this week that other ranchers believe Tyner rode to an area known as Swakum Ridge, northwest of Merritt, and may have been searching for stray cattle belonging to the ranch.



I also wonder if there have been any incidents of suspected cattle rustling....they could easily have wandered off on their own but wouldn't be the first time cattle have been stolen - even in this day and age....could have got into an altercation of some sort....questions, questions, questions!!

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Re: Still searching for cowboy.....

Postby WalterWhite » Feb 4th, 2019, 12:15 pm

When a horse's head is down, grazing, it's very common for a horse to step on it's rein if it's been dropped and snap it when lifting their head up.
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Re: Still searching for cowboy.....

Postby GordonH » Feb 4th, 2019, 12:30 pm

Hopefully he has found some type of shelter, this bitter cold as each hour passes does not look good on finding him alive.
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Re: Still searching for cowboy.....

Postby Urban Cowboy » Feb 4th, 2019, 12:41 pm

GordonH wrote:Hopefully he has found some type of shelter, this bitter cold as each hour passes does not look good on finding him alive.
I'm not trying to be a downer just a realist.


He'd need one heck of a shelter, to successfully weather windchill temperature near -30°C.
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Re: Still searching for cowboy.....

Postby GordonH » Feb 4th, 2019, 12:49 pm

GordonH wrote:Hopefully he has found some type of shelter, this bitter cold as each hour passes does not look good on finding him alive.
I'm not trying to be a downer just a realist.

Urban Cowboy wrote:He'd need one heck of a shelter, to successfully weather windchill temperature near -30°C.


What I'm thinking is if he knows area (which he should), is an back country cabin (maybe even a cave).
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Re: Still searching for cowboy.....

Postby Fancy » Feb 4th, 2019, 1:03 pm

I'm assuming those that live and work in the area longer would have knowledge of any cabins (trappers, hunters, snowmobilers, ranchers). The area has been extensively searched with all sorts of people and equipment. I feel for the family and hope he is found one way or another.
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Re: Still searching for cowboy.....

Postby JayByrd » Feb 4th, 2019, 3:04 pm

gardengirl wrote:
I doubt it would be suicide. A career cowboy would probably have made sure the horse was ok.


But he'd also know the horse would find it's way home. And I'm not saying I think this is what happened. Just one possibility...
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Re: Still searching for cowboy.....

Postby watchkat » Feb 4th, 2019, 7:46 pm

A few questions...........
The earlier articles state that he was just hired as ranch manager in November.........not long to learn the entire area.
He was from Wyoming.
There are no comments that I have seen in regards to a rifle? etc. I would think that a seasoned cowboy would not be out there without a weapon of some type......cougars, wolves, russlers, etc.
Did the horse come back with his gear? Blanket, weapon, rope, etc?
Many questions,,,,,,,I can't see answers.

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Re: Still searching for cowboy.....

Postby Fancy » Feb 4th, 2019, 8:11 pm

He just moved up from Wyoming by the sounds of it in late November. Did he have his PAL etc? And there was "stuff" on the horse (whatever that was).
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Re: Still searching for cowboy.....

Postby dle » Feb 5th, 2019, 8:23 am

Fancy wrote:He just moved up from Wyoming by the sounds of it in late November. Did he have his PAL etc? And there was "stuff" on the horse (whatever that was).


They said the horse was still in full tack (saddle etc) - didn't see where it mentioned any gear for more than a day trip. I still think if he was planning on more than a quick day trip he would have definitely told someone he was overnighting and in what area....just seems to go with what I've read about his character. So he probably took a lunch and snacks, dressed for the weather for that day. Everyone has cell phones these days - I am betting he would have as well - but I haven't read anything about them being able to ping his phone. Which means nothing either because lots of areas don't have cell service up in the Coq area so depending where he was around Merritt that could be a lost cause as well.

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Re: Still searching for cowboy.....

Postby dle » Feb 8th, 2019, 9:42 am

Now the major crimes unit is involved in searching for Ben Tyner, the missing cowboy from the Nicola.


This is an excerpt from a Global article:

https://globalnews.ca/news/4917592/merr ... uspicious/

As the search continues near Merritt for missing cowboy Ben Tyner, some area residents are questioning if the 32-year-old’s disappearance is suspicious.

The manager of Nicola Ranch hasn’t been seen since Saturday. On Monday his horse was discovered by local trapper Kim Robinson.

It’s believed Tyner and his horse were likely taken into the backcountry by trailer, but despite pleas for information, no one has come forward.

READ MORE: Mystery of missing Merritt cowboy deepens as search continues amid plunging temperatures

Local resident Gerry Desilets believes the situation odd, saying it’s “puzzling” that someone might have hauled the horse out, but now won’t speak up.

Asked if he finds it suspicious, he responded “I think it’s getting that way.”

So far police are dismissing those suggestions.


AND:

Kim Robinson hopes searchers are looking in the correct area.

He did find the horse, and he knows the area very well. In 2008 he apprehended fugitive Allan Schoenboern in the hills above Merritt, after Schoenborn killed his three children.

“I feel bad that a lot of the resources are being wasted in an area that I know nobody was in,” Robinson said.



Sure hope they find some more clues or answers soon....

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Re: Still searching for cowboy.....

Postby dle » Feb 8th, 2019, 9:45 am

Another link to a story about the major crime unit being involved:


https://globalnews.ca/news/4933489/miss ... rime-unit/


The B.C. RCMP Southeast District’s Major Crime Unit (SED MCU) has been called to assist in the investigation of missing Merritt cowboy Ben Tyner.

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Re: Still searching for cowboy.....

Postby Fancy » Feb 8th, 2019, 9:48 am

The B.C. RCMP Southeast District’s Major Crime Unit (SED MCU) has been called to assist in the investigation of missing Merritt cowboy Ben Tyner.

Tyner, 32, was last seen on Saturday, Jan. 26. His horse was found equipped but riderless two days later by a local hunter.


There has been speculation that someone may have transported the horse to the area in which it was found using a truck trailer.

However, none of the trailers were reportedly missing from the Nicola Ranch, which Tyner managed, and no one has come forward to say they drove Tyner into the backcountry.


https://globalnews.ca/news/4933489/miss ... rime-unit/

I would expect at least a couple of the officers from the Major Crime Unit would be familiar with the area so with more people on board there might be some headway. Unfortunately the weather is not cooperating.
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Re: Still searching for cowboy.....

Postby dle » Feb 8th, 2019, 9:51 am

Hope it's okay to post links to Global.ca news articles since it's not all local right? I wanted to send the question to the moderator but I can't see where their contact info is......I've probably looked right at it and missed it.....can someone please point that out to me? Thanks

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