RCMP have now suspended the search for missing Merrit area rancher Ben Tyner.

The search was suspended after a week due to a large area being searched, and extreme weather conditions. Several local SAR groups from the BC interior were involved with the search, including South Cariboo Search and Rescue.

Local SAR member Bill Leighton says “We were involved in sweep searches, which is people walking in a line, checking out any bush or log that a personĀ  might be under or behind. We were also involved in tracking as well.”

Tyner was last seen January 26th. His riderless horse was spotted by loggers in the Merrit area January 28th.

RCMP say the search will resume if more information is found. They ask anyone with information to contact the Merritt RCMP or Crimestoppers.