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While the search for 20-year-old Ryan Shtuka continues at Sun Peaks, friends have launched a fundraising campaign to support the family.
The Go Fund Me campaign, Helping to Find Ryan, was launched by Kristina Corbett out of Beaumont, Alta., where Shtuka’s family lives. It had raised $3,260 since Monday night.
“Countless family and friends have driven to B.C. to join his parents in his search, and I know so many of us are wondering how we can help,” Corbett said on the Go Fund Me page.
“Let’s help take the financial burden away from his parents, Heather and Scott, so they can put all their efforts in continuing the search for their son.”
Shtuka was last seen leaving a party at a residence on Burfield Drive in Sun Peaks at 2:10 a.m. on Feb. 17. Kamloops Search and Rescue was suspended from the search on Monday, but RCMP continue to investigate and lead the search.
According to a Facebook post from Shtuka’s mother, Heather, volunteer search party efforts are being coordinated out of the Sundance Boardroom at the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel and Conference Centre.
Story: 70+ volunteers aid in search for missing man at Sun Peaks
“Everyone else is gearing up for another day of searching,” Heather posted on Facebook Tuesday morning. “I know we have many people heading to Sun Peaks. We will be grateful to see you and are blessed to have you join the search efforts.”
Sun Peaks locals and Ryan’s family and friends heading out for another search this morning to #findryanshtuka #kamloops pic.twitter.com/wItjoOv653— Jean Strong (@jeanbstrong) February 20, 2018
Heather Shtuka has also clarified that her son is 20 years old, not 19 as originally reported by RCMP, weighs 180 pounds and is close to six feet tall. He has blonde hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing dark jeans, a grey/white shirt, a blue coat and a burgundy ball cap.
Anyone with information on Ryan Shtuka’s whereabouts is asked to contact RCMP at 250-828-3000.
Go here to donate to the Go Fund Me campaign.