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News archive for January 7, 2014

Searches for two missing men wear on

The whereabouts of two Whitehorse men who went missing in December remain unknown, the RCMP said today.

By Christopher Reynolds on January 7, 2014 at 4:10 pm


Photo by Whitehorse Star

Robert Schellenberg and Murray Scheck

The whereabouts of two Whitehorse men who went missing in December remain unknown, the RCMP said today.

Police are continuing to search for 59-year-old Murray Scheck, last seen Dec. 19, and Robert Schellenberg, 47, who went missing exactly one month ago.

RCMP Const. Dean Hoogland said no new leads have surfaced in the past two weeks.

“There’s been nothing further that we’ve been able to find regarding his whereabouts,” he said of Scheck.

Police have alerted Canada Border Services “to keep an eye out.”

Scheck may have been driving a grey 2010 Dodge Challenger with Yukon licence plate EJH98.

He is five feet, eight inches tall, weighing 165 pounds with greyish-brown hair.

“The RCMP has been keeping any family members updated,” Hoogland said.

“We’re still relying on public assistance, any information regarding the whereabouts of those two individuals.”

He added that nothing promising had arisen recently on the Schellenberg front either.

“I followed up with GIS (General Investigative Section) this morning.

“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,” Hoogland said.

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 Dec. 7, the day he disappeared.

“Family has been updated by RCMP. The investigation goes on,” Hoogland said today.

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.

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Kim Mackay

Jan 8, 2014 at 4:34 pm

TWO GUYS missing in our little town of Whitehorse and no leads, no clues, makes no sense. It’s not like we are in the big city. These families need closure and everything, anyway anyhow should be happening for the families no matter what needs to take place. So, So, Sad!!

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