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anyone heard any news on the missing merritt cowboy

KH4

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Well, if he was out there and keeping warm, smoke from a fire would be probably visible. If he's not keeping warm, the cold has probably snuck up on him. Sadly, it's probably a recovery operation now, unless something more nefarious has happen.

For better of for worse, our SAR system relies on volunteers, and they are not compensated for lost time at work. The initial search will always have strong numbers, but as things drag out, folks have to head home and head back to work. nobody plans for a multi-week search.

Interesting mystery, the riderless horse is almost something out of a hollywood western.
 

Foxton Gundogs

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Looks like the outcome wasn't good. Apparently they found his body on the Nicola River, near the ranch. Spec is his horse was moved to confuse the issue.
 
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bad shyte happens,. had a young fellow working for my s.i.l. couple years ago. we had talked about the most important thing in his life,his child...couple weeks later he left the north island job site early to go to Courtenay......long story short..... police found his truck after seeing video of him purchasing 2 cups take out coffee......1 cup in truck..........a YEAR LATER he was found,several miles away,near a popular hiking trail
hanging from a tree....police said ''suiside''...... strange...I was told he could not tie a simple knot !!!!
makes you wonder....
 
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I don't really know anything further, but I know for a fact they haven't found him and it was just a rumor going around town.
There have been a few rumors floating around town about this but I won't bother posting them as they have no basis in fact.
I wasn't meaning it to be confrontational if that's how it was taken, it's tough to convey in text form sometimes.
I will say that knowing the area quite well where he was supposed to be missing and given the spot his horse was found it doesn't add up.
I suspect something nefarious has taken place and I doubt he'll ever be found.
 

Big Lew

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I have traveled about and backpacked in the mountainous area around Mammit Lake, especially north
and north west of it even before all the logging took place and can attest to how rugged it is so the potential
for something to go wrong even for someone experienced on a horse is high.
One thing that puzzles me though is his horse found wandering by a hunter. From accounts, his horse was
his working companion. Further, most cow ponies are taught to ground tie. Even my endurance horse was
taught that, so it's a bit strange that his horse didn't remain where his master had a problem. just my thoughts
on the matter...
 
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Yah but almost all cattle are off range(or should be) by now so I wouldn't put rustling on the top of the list.
No, well word is he was out looking for strays at least 12, still unrecovered as well as himself. Dont discount it, you seem to be very opioniated at least. Not saying I am correct in my theory but dont discount my opinion as NOT been at top of the list, otherwise disregarded.
 

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Opinionated? No, but opinions based on a lifetime of experience yes, but then all the posts on this case are strictly opinion at this point. I have hunted strays late in the year, I have also dealt with rustlers. I didn't say it couldn't be the case, I did say it wouldn't be the first thing on my list. I'd put predators higher on the list for missing cattle than rustlers, But apparently my opinion is more "opinionated" than everyone else's opinions, And you know what they say about opinions right.
 

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Opinionated? No, but opinions based on a lifetime of experience yes, but then all the posts on this case are strictly opinion at this point. I have hunted strays late in the year, I have also dealt with rustlers. I didn't say it couldn't be the case, I did say it wouldn't be the first thing on my list. I'd put predators higher on the list for missing cattle than rustlers, But apparently my opinion is more "opinionated" than everyone else's opinions, And you know what they say about opinions right.
The older you get, the less your opinions are valued. Get over it, you're just one of the old dogs like me. :ROFL:
 

Big Lew

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Hopefully time will tell, but as he was new to the area, there are a lot of possible scenarios
involving accident or misadventure.
Yes, there are rustlers, there are poachers, there is even the possibility that someone resented
him coming in from the States and taking the manager position but it's all speculation until his
sad tale is unraveled...if ever.
 
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wildcatter

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I have traveled about and backpacked in the mountainous area around Mammit Lake, especially north
and north west of it even before all the logging took place and can attest to how rugged it is so the potential
for something to go wrong even for someone experienced on a horse is high.
One thing that puzzles me though is his horse found wandering by a hunter. From accounts, his horse was
his working companion. Further, most cow ponies are taught to ground tie. Even my endurance horse was
taught that, so it's a bit strange that his horse didn't remain where his master had a problem. just my thoughts
on the matter...

Perhaps a good slap on the ass of the horse took care of that.
 

olympia

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No, well word is he was out looking for strays at least 12, still unrecovered as well as himself. Dont discount it, you seem to be very opioniated at least. Not saying I am correct in my theory but dont discount my opinion as NOT been at top of the list, otherwise disregarded.
We all have our theories and multiple theories as to what may have happened. Us outdoors people are especially interested in this case since most of us are "out there" too. What isn't theory is the fact a man has gone out to the hills to do his job and hasn't come back. A guy like this would of been able to walk out, start a smoky fire or at least have been spotted by a rescue chopper. He has failed to do any of these things which point towards either an accident which incapacitated him despite the fact his horse was in sound shape or his disappearance could be human caused.
 

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A friend of mine was out checking cows he was a cowboy, a good rider, his horse shied and he was dumped, hit his head and died. one just never knows.
A good friend of mine was guiding a hunter on horseback a few years ago. The hunter had a heart attack and fell off his dead.
So your right anything could be possible....
 
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You just never know,how true.
back in 75,my mother phoned me, and asked if I could drive over and take my father to local medical center,said he had severe indigestion......He was 64,non drinker-non smoker.....physically fit,active.
we walked him up 3 flights of stairs at medical center..just a doctor on site.....doctor said he was under cardiac arrest,get him to hospital,10 miles away.......next day, another massive heart attack.. times up..who's fault,mine ???or was it his time??? you just never know.
 

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I suppose the only one that can guarantee any knowledge of his fate at this stage are the perpetrators, if any were involved, God and the victim himself. So far none of them seem to be talking.
My experience only...God doesn't talk much...he watches...he lets you phuck up and gives you time to "repent" ...failure to acknowledge your mistakes?...well than be opens a can of whoop ass, the wise acknowledge...the fool hardy "keep on trucking" only to 'crash". Like I said...my experience only. Try this experiment at your own risk, up to you...but I wouldn't challenge...you won't win
 
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