The truck belonging to missing Revelstoke resident Jared Szabo, 29, was recovered from the Incomappleux (Fish) River on Aug. 10, but police are reporting that nobody was found inside the truck.
Szabo was last seen in the Beaton, B.C. area on Aug. 1, and was reported missing on Aug. 4, prompting an extensive search by police and area search and rescue teams.
On August 7, RCMP confirmed they had located Szabo’s truck submerged in the Incomappleux River, and found recent tire tracks indicating the truck had left the road and fallen into the river at that location. However, due to the dangerous nature of the river current at that location, searchers were not able to see inside the truck to see if anyone was trapped inside.
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Then, on Aug. 8, the RCMP reported that a second person, Kelowna resident Allan Ellsworth, had been reported missing that day. He was last seen in nearby Trout Lake, B.C. on July 31. This led to speculation that the two cases could be connected, although police said at the time that they weren’t able to make a positive connection.
Today, on Aug. 11, RCMP media spokesperson Cpl. Dan Moskaluk reported that the family of Jared Szabo had hired a private contractor to remove the truck from the river. In a statement, Moskaluk said: “On August 10, 2017 a private contractor hired by the Szabo family was able to remove the vehicle from the Fish River. At the time of recovery, there was no one found inside the vehicle. Jared Szabo remains as missing.” The truck was located at the bottom of a drop off that is about 100 feet high from the roadway to the riverbed. Police immediately took possession of the truck after it was removed from the river. They are conducting a mechanical inspection on the vehicle.
RCMP are planning an aerial search of the area on Aug. 12. They will be looking for signs of both missing men. Police are also continuing to monitor waterways in the area.
In an interview with the Mountaineer, Cpl. Moskaluk said that RCMP had located Allan Ellsworth’s vehicle. Moskaluk said that although Ellsworth was last seen in the Trout Lake area, he was camping in a spot nearby to Jared Szabo’s location in Beaton. Moskaluk didn’t have exact detail on how close they were residing at the time they went missing, but did say they were “in the immediate vicinity of each other.”
However, police have not established that the two missing person cases are connected. “We can’t conclusively start making statements,” Moskaluk said. “The bottom line is there is all sorts of speculation. They’re missing and this is where we’re at with it.”
He added that police don’t suspect foul play in the disappearance of the two men. Moskaluk was unable to provide detailed information on the state of the truck after it was removed from the river, or to say if it looked like someone could have escaped from the truck after it went down the embankment into the river.