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Police find one of two missing men

The mystery of a missing Whitehorse man has been solved.

By Christopher Reynolds on January 13, 2014 at 3:53 pm


Photo by Whitehorse Star

Robert Schellenberg and Murray Scheck

The mystery of a missing Whitehorse man has been solved.

The RCMP have confirmed the whereabouts of Murray Scheck, 59, who disappeared nearly a month ago.

“He’s alive and well,” RCMP spokesperson Const. Dean Hoogland said today.

A resident of Teslin recognized Scheck while he was staying at a motel in the village. That person then contacted the RCMP, who confirmed Saturday he is all right.

“It was family that was looking for him, and he was unaware,” Hoogland said.

Reports of Scheck’s location surfaced earlier last week, but it was only at 11:30 a.m. Saturday that the call came in to RCMP.

Last seen Dec. 19, Scheck had no new leads attached to his file as recently as last Tuesday, Hoogland said.

Meanwhile, another Whitehorse man remains missing.

Robert Schellenberg, 47, vanished Dec. 7.

“We continue to follow up on any information that the public reports to us and we continue to keep in touch in the family regarding updates,” Hoogland said.

“There’s still a few leads that they’re following up with, but other than that, there’s nothing new to lead us any closer to finding him,” he said last week.

On Dec. 15, Yukon residents searching for a Christmas tree north of the city instead found a pickup truck driven by Schellenberg, missing for more than a week at that point.

The tree cutters reported to police “what they thought was an abandoned vehicle,” not realizing it was linked with Schellenberg, Hoogland said last month.

“They were just leisurely looking for a Christmas tree at the time.”

The blue 1995 GMC 2500 truck was found in a gravel pit 20 kilometres northwest of Whitehorse just off the Alaska Highway.

Despite an immediate extensive search and rescue effort — by land and air — involving volunteers and police, no other clues to Schellenberg’s whereabouts arose.

Police also examined the vehicle, since returned to the registered owner.

“There’s nothing to indicate foul play,” Hoogland said.

Schellenberg, last seen by his roommate, was thought to be heading to work on a Saturday morning in early December.

He never showed up.

“To date, we’ve checked all social media, we’ve checked banks, we’ve spoken to family members, commercial transportation,” Hoogland told the Star last month.

No online nor bank activity has occurred since the day he disappeared.

Schellenberg is described as a white male, standing five feet, 10 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

He was last seen in blue jeans, boots, a grey coat and may be wearing a toque, police said.

The RCMP’s general investigative section is responsible for tracking down missing individuals.

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