Two men missing from Surrey since July found dead near Ashcroft, B.C.

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      The search for two men who went missing from Surrey in mid-July has resulted in a tragic discovery.

      B.C. RCMP announced today (August 20) on the afternoon on August 17, Lytton RCMP responded to a report about two bodies discovered in a rural area near Rennie Pit Road near Ashcroft north of Spences Bridge, B.C.

      Surrey RCMP stated in a news release issued today at 11:14 a.m. that the B.C. Coroners Service and investigators have confirmed that the identities of the deceased are two men reported missing, Ryan Provencher and Richard Schurr from Surrey.

      Provencher, 38, and Schurr, 37, were last seen driving a 2019 white Jeep Cherokee in Surrey on July 17. Their vehicle was found abandoned near Logan Lake, B.C.

      They had been believed to have been traveling to Spences Bridge, B.C.

      According to B.C. RCMP, investigators believe the deaths of the two men involve criminality due to circumstances at the scene but did not provide further detail.

      The investigation has involved the Southeast District Major Crime Unit (SED MCU), Ashcroft and Lytton RCMP, the Forensic Identification Section and Police Dog Service, and RCMP Air Services.

      The SED MCU is taking over the investigation and is continuing to work with Surrey RCMP.

      The B.C. Coroners Service is also investigating the deaths and is not releasing any further information at this time.

      Anyone who has information related to these deaths is asked to contact the SED MCU tipline at 1-877-987-8477 or, to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

      B.C. RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Elenore Sturko had confirmed in July that the disappearance of Provencher and Schurr was unrelated to a series of murders in northern B.C. 

      The disappearance of Provencher and Schurr happened to coincide with the B.C. RCMP reporting that two tourists—23-year-old Lucas Fowler from Australia and 24-year-old Chynna Deese from America—were found dead south of Liard Hot Springs, B.C.

      That discovery was followed by an announcement from B.C. RCMP that two young males from Port Alberni were missing after their pickup truck was found on fire south of Dease Lake on July 19, with a dead male body not far away. The dead male was identified as Vancouver botany instructor Leonard Dyck. 

      The two missing males from Port Alberni were identified as Kam Mcleod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, who fled to Manitoba as Canada-wide warrants were issued for them for the murder of Dyck. Mcleod and Schmegelsky were found dead near Manitoba's Nelson River on August 7. Autopsy results on August 12 revealed that the pair had committed suicide.