October 31st, 2020

LPS continues investigation into missing man


By Bobinec, Greg on December 18, 2019.

Lethbridge Police Service Insp. Jason Walper said Tuesday they will continue the investigation into missing Marshal Iwaasa. Herald photo by Greg Bobinec @GBobinecHerald

Greg Bobinec

Lethbridge Herald

gbobinec@lethbridgeherald.com

Lethbridge Police Service is continuing its investigation of missing person, Marshal Iwaasa, after the file was handed over to them by the Pemberton, B.C. RCMP and Calgary Police.

Iwaasa was last seen by family in Lethbridge on Nov. 17, as he told his family he was returning to Calgary, but has not been seen or heard from since. On Nov. 25, a burned-out vehicle was located in the B.C. backcountry by Pemberton RCMP who confirmed it belonged to Iwaasa.

“That individual, Mr. Iwaasa, was last seen in Lethbridge on Nov. 17, where he was visiting family in Lethbridge, and since that was the last place he was seen, the file has been transferred to the Lethbridge Police Service to continue the investigation,” says Insp. Jason Walper, LPS, Criminal Investigation Unit. “We are still continuing to work closely with the RCMP in the Pemberton area, as well as the Calgary Police Service as Mr. Iwaasa was currently residing in Calgary.”

As evidence has just arrived from Pemberton RCMP and the CPS, the LPS Criminal Investigation Unit is reviewing the evidence and tips and are following up with any leads that may come up.

“We want to reassure the public that we are actively investigating this and we are working diligently to review the evidence that has been collected from the vehicle located in Pemberton. We are reviewing all of the evidence that has been supplied to us by the RCMP,” says Walper. “We are following up on all of the leads that we get and continue to review that information and evidence to hopefully locate Mr. Iwaasa.”

LPS is encouraging anyone with businesses, service stations, or convenience stores along the route from Lethbridge to Pemberton to look through their surveillance videos to look for matching descriptions of Iwaasa or his vehicle.

Iwaasa is described as five-foot-11, approximately 170 pounds with brown eyes, shoulder-length hair, usually worn tied back, and a mustache. His truck is described as a dark blue 2009 GMC Sierra, bearing Alberta licence plate BLL-1099.

Anyone with information on Iwaasa’s disappearance, or his movements at any time after Nov. 17, are asked to call Lethbridge Police at 403-328-4444. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477, or online at p3tips.com.

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