Kamloops Search and Rescue together with two teams of additional volunteers and a former Mountie with 25 years of investigative experience converge on Stump Lake Ranch Saturday, July 16, in search of new clues on the disappearance of Dean Kelly Morrison.
“We’re still at the embryo of a complex investigation of someone who suddenly went missing in the middle of the day three years ago,” said Dennis Gagnon, an ex-RCMP officer with BCSI Investigations in Vancouver.
Two search and rescue teams, as well as a dog team and a drone team will be part of the weekend search, which will focus on the ranch property, lakeshore and roadsides. They gather for a briefing at 8:30 a.m. and additional volunteers are welcome to join in, Gagnon said.
The private sleuth said he can’t disclose more details at this stage but indicated that he believes the renewed investigation will provide new information on what became of Morrison.
No possibility has been ruled out, including that Morrison is still alive.
Morrison, a father of three and a former editor of the Merritt Herald newspaper, was 44 years old when he vanished without a trace on Oct. 22, 2013. He was last seen at Stump Lake Ranch, located at the southern end of the lake off Hwy. 5A, about 25 km south of Kamloops.
“We’re dealing with the wilderness and we’re still 50-50 on what happened,” Gagnon said. It remains unknown whether Morrison disappeared in the area of the ranch or went missing after leaving the lake. His truck was broken down at the time and he was in the process of moving to his sister’s house.
Morrison has not been heard from since and his family doesn’t believe his disappearance is consistent with his character.
Gagnon is providing his services free of charge.
“I have a lot of respect for the mother,” he said. “In a sense, that’s what got my attention. I put myself in her shoes. He could still be alive,” he added.