Police seek missing senior

Vavenby resident Vern Boettger, age 78, has not been seen since Sunday

Vavenby resident Vern Boettger

Vavenby resident Vern Boettger

Clearwater RCMP report tha on Monday, Oct. 7, at 7:45 p.m., a Vavenby woman contacted the detachment to report that she had not seen her father, Lavern Boettger since Sunday afternoon.

She described her father as a loner who, when bored, likes to go driving on Forest Service roads in the backcountry. Although, elderly, Boetteger does not have significant medical/health issues, does not use alcohol or drugs and does not have dementia. Boetteger is driving a black 1997 Ford Ranger, BC marker: 8769HB.

On Tuesday, RCMP contacted Wells Gray Search and Rescue and advised them of the incident.A RCMP helicopter (Air 4) was also contacted and assisted with the search efforts.

Initial information confirmed Boettger got gas in Clearwater and as a result the initial air search was conducted in the Clearwater area.

Clearwater RCMP received new information that night advising that a Vavenby resident who knows Boettger and his truck observed him in his vehicle driving north on Highway 5 from Vavenby.

Search efforts the next day were concentrated between Vavenby and Blue River. Friends, family and local residents are also helping in the search area.

Thursday afternoon, Oct. 10, neither Boettger nor his vehicle have been found. The search for Boetteger continues.