January 16th, 2021

Police begin exhaustive search in missing person case

By Lethbridge Herald on June 24, 2020.

Lethbridge Police, with assistance from Pemberton and surrounding RCMP detachments, have commenced an exhaustive search of the remote and mountainous terrain where the burned out vehicle of a missing man was found by hikers last November.

Marshal Iwaasa, who was 26-years-old at the time he was reported missing, was last seen by relatives in Lethbridge on Nov. 17, 2019. He told family he was returning to Calgary but hasn’t been seen or heard from since. Iwaasa was reported missing on Nov. 25, 2019 after his burned out truck was located in the B.C. backcountry.

Iwaasa’s disappearance is considered suspicious, however there is no credible, corroborated or compelling information at this time to suggest foul play or that the matter is criminal in nature. 

Lethbridge Police, RCMP, Search and Rescue personnel, an RCMP fire investigator as well as several private investigators and members of the Canadian Search and Disaster Dogs Association (CSADDA) will conduct a comprehensive ground search of the area today and Thursday. Members of the Iwaasa family will also be in attendance. A helicopter and all-terrain vehicles are being used to access the search site.

To date there have been numerous reported sightings of Iwaasa in many jurisdictions throughout Canada – often at the same time. Every tip has been followed up and every tip with enough information that could be corroborated has proven not to be Iwaasa.

Throughout the investigation officers have continued to monitor Iwaasa’s personal affairs including potential personal contacts as well as social media, phone, medical and financial activity. Since Iwaasa’s disappearance there have been no footprints of life.

There is no further information available to release at this time. Once the search has been concluded an update will be provided.

Lethbridge Police Service release

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