Tyner family makes emotional plea 2-years after Ben’s unexplained disappearance

Merritt, B.C. Southeast District, Major Crimes Unit

2021-01-26 09:00 PST

File # Merritt RCMP 2019-433 / Southeast District Major Crime 2019E-1297

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The family and loved ones of Ben Tyner are renewing their public plea for information, as January 26, 2021 will mark two years since Ben Tyner disappeared from the Merritt area.

Ben Tyner

Ben’s rider-less horse, discovered on a logging road off Highway 97 near Winnie Flats, prompted a large scale search effort, which spanned multiple days and involved countless police and search and rescue resources. Merritt RCMP was supported early on in its investigation by the BC RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit, who maintains conduct of the still ongoing investigation into Ben Tyner’s disappearance.

Today, Ben’s parents continue to suffer with the unexplained loss of their son. Desperate to find answers to the questions they’ve been asking for years, Jennifer and Richard Tyner, renew their plea for tips.



Hello I am Richard Tyner, my wife Jennifer, my son Jack… We’d like to read a statement from our family and the RCMP concerning our son, Ben’s disappearance.

Ben's disappearance has dramatically affected us. The last two years have been filled with horrendous heartache, continued hope and many, many prayers. Ben is constantly in our daily lives- through tending his horses and cattle and having his dog Sioux, trail beside us. The working pens on the Ranch are known as "Ben's Pen's" because he built them. His friends stay in touch with us through phone calls and visits. Two scholarships have been started in his name.

Originally from Florida, we brought Ben and his brother to Wyoming at a young age. Ben has been around horses, dogs and cattle since he was born. He excelled at horsemanship and was very skilled in leather making and whip making. But Ben was not just a cowboy, he was a voracious reader. He loved to experience new places and cultures. He spent time in Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, Montana and Idaho. A year was spent in Russia importing cattle into Russia. He travelled to Australia to visit friends in 2018.

A team player, Ben was always willing to do what it took to get the job done. He was there to lend a hand whenever someone needed help. He is always going to be a gentle giant with an incredible bear hug that made you feel needed, wanted and loved.

To have to live with Ben's loss is the most painful, excruciating experience ever. The loss we feel is immeasurable.

As the second anniversary of Ben's disappearance approaches we continue to have unanswered questions. We are constantly praying that someone who knows something will come forward. Our hope is that we can find Ben and be able to determine what happened. We know many local people have continued to search for Ben and for that we are extremely grateful. A reward is available to anyone with information on Ben's disappearance. If anyone knows anything, no matter how insignificant it may seem, please inform the Southeast District Major Crimes Unit in Kelowna as soon as possible.


The Tyner Family



The investigation into the disappearance of Ben Tyner continues to be diligently led by the RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit. To date, numerous investigational avenues have been explored, and in order to protect the ongoing investigation police are unable to share those findings publicly at this time. However, based on those findings, major crime investigators have reason to believe that criminality was involved in Ben Tyner's disappearance, and is the victim of a homicide, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the BC RCMP in the Southeast District.

The Tyner family is offering a private reward in the amount of $15,000 for information that leads to the location of their beloved son Ben, and to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for his death. The monetary reward is offered and will be managed solely by the Tyner family, not the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Anyone with any information is urged to call their local RCMP, the Southeast District Major Crime Unit information line at 1-877-987-8477 or BC Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Released by

Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Southeast District
170-395 Penno Road Kelowna, BC V1X 7W5
Office: 250-491-4317
Cell: 250-869-9578
Fax: 250-491-2381

Email: jesse.odonaghey@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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