RCMP ask for help in search for Swift Cur­rent man

Regina Leader-Post - - CITY + REGION -

Po­lice are still search­ing for a 26-year-old Swift Cur­rent man who has been miss­ing since a truck he had ac­cess to ended up in that city’s creek in the mid­dle of Novem­ber.

Swift Cur­rent Mu­nic­i­pal RCMP say Colton Koop is not sub­ject to any crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion or charges at this time and the mat­ter is still be­ing treated as a miss­ing per­son in­ves­ti­ga­tion “as the RCMP at­tempt to lo­cate Colton for his fam­ily.”

A red 2014 Dodge truck was found par­tially sub­merged in the Swift Cur­rent Creek in the early hours of Nov. 16 — and the driver seem­ingly nowhere to be found. Po­lice be­lieve the truck was south­bound on 6th Av­enue NE when it left the road­way, crashed through the east guard rail and ended up in the icy creek. RCMP spoke to the reg­is­tered owner, con­firm­ing that per­son was not driv­ing the ve­hi­cle at the time of the in­ci­dent. The owner con­firmed Koop would have had ac­cess to the truck prior to the in­ci­dent.

Po­lice are now ask­ing area res­i­dents to search for their yards and out­build­ings for any­thing that may be un­usual or out of place.

Mem­bers of the RCMP Un­der­wa­ter Re­cov­ery Team planned to re­turn to the scene of the ac­ci­dent Fri­day morn­ing, con­duct­ing an “ice dive un­der­wa­ter in an at­tempt to search for any fur­ther ev­i­dence that may have moved down­stream.”

Po­lice now be­lieve the ac­ci­dent may have oc­curred as early as 2 a.m. but was not re­ported to po­lice un­til 6 a.m. How­ever, the ex­act time of the ac­ci­dent is un­known. The RCMP used a po­lice dog to search the ar­eas around the creek. No one was lo­cated.

The truck was re­moved from the creek the next day with as­sis­tance from the RCMP Un­der­wa­ter Re­cov­ery Team, and the wa­ter was searched with­out any­one be­ing lo­cated.

“We’re just tak­ing it day-by-day, wait­ing,” a fam­ily spokesper­son, who asked not to be iden­ti­fied, said a week af­ter Koop’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

“There are so many dif­fer­ent ru­mours go­ing around, ev­ery­body jumps to con­clu­sions.”

The RCMP has re­ceived nu­mer­ous tips stat­ing Koop was avoid­ing po­lice. How­ever, of­fi­cers have fol­lowed up on the tips with Koop’s friends and as­so­ciates, none of whom say they have had any con­tact with Koop or know of his where­abouts.

Po­lice say there have been no con­firmed sight­ing or in­for­ma­tion on his well-be­ing.

Colton Koop

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