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Cariboo couple missing for weeks

September 2, 2016 4:20 P.M.


Williams Lake RCMP are seeking the public's assistance in locating a couple missing for three weeks.

Mihai Vornicu, 44, and his wife Marie Olarte, 58, were reported missing on Aug. 8.

RCMP said the initial investigation determined that Vornicu’s 2005 Volvo C50 station wagon bearing B.C. plate CH0 96V was found parked on Mackenzie Avenue North in Williams Lake on July 26.

The vehicle was towed at that time and there have been no attempts to retrieve the vehicle from the impound lot since that date.

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said the investigation determined that the couple were in the Mission/Maple Ridge area in the weeks before they disappeared, and that they have property in the Williams Lake area as well as links to Vancouver Island.

“We are asking that any member of the public who may have seen the couple or their vehicle between July 22 and the present to contact the General Investigation Section of the Williams Lake RCMP at 250-392-8702, or for those wishing to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477,” said Moskaluk.

He said Olarte has health conditions that may require medical monitoring, which gives rise to further concerns for her wellbeing since their disappearance.

Olarte is described as:

  • Four foot ten inches tall
  • 99 pounds
  • Brown eyes
  • Black hair

Vornicu is described as:

  • Five foot seven inches tall
  • 230 pounds
  • Green eyes
  • Brown hair

RCMP investigators are seeking information on their current whereabouts, as well as any information regarding their travel itinerary and timeline of activity prior to, and on the date that the vehicle was found parked in Williams Lake.

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