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Search for Dean Morrison near Kamloops doesn't find anything new

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July 19, 2016 - 4:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - Despite a full day search on the weekend, still no sign of a man who went missing in the Kamloops area almost three years ago.

Private investigator Denis Gagnon says more than 30 volunteers searched the property and highway where Dean Kelly Morrison was last seen in October 2013, but no new clues were discovered. Although some footage from drones used during the search still needs to be carefully reviewed.

“It couldn’t have gone better,” he says. “The cloudy weather was good.”

About 15 members of the Kamloops and Merritt search and rescue teams participated in the search which concentrated on the Stump Lake Ranch where Morrison was last seen. Kamloops search manager Alan Hobler says aside from the discovery of animal bones no trace of the missing man was found.

Hobler thinks because they didn’t find anything it is likely Morrison didn’t commit suicide, a theory he says had been popular.

“Typically people that are despondent don’t go very far,” he says. “The fact nothing has been located suggests to me something else happened.”

Gagnon says he was impressed with the search and rescue volunteers, adding the investigation is still very active.

“Until we locate him it’s still up in the air what happened that day,” he says.

Morrison went missing after losing his job as a painter at the ranch in October 22, 2013. While he was waiting for his truck and trailer to be towed, he disappeared without a trace in the middle of the day.

Gagnon, a retired RCMP officer, has recently started looking into the case.


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