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Family issues emotional plea for help to find missing man
Breanna Karstens-Smith, CTV Edmonton
Published Wednesday, August 28, 2013 12:36PM MDT
Last Updated Wednesday, August 28, 2013 6:31PM MDT
A woman is sending out a desperate plea to the public for information about where her husband is.
Valentine Leo Degenhardt was last seen at a gas station in Barrhead, Alberta on July 17, 2013 at about 5:30 p.m. He was reported missing two days later.
The 45-year-old who also goes by Val is from Salmon Arm, British Columbia. He was in the Mornville area visiting family when he went missing.
Degenhardt’s emotional wife spoke Wednesday.
“He was off to Alberta. We kissed goodbye like we were going to see each other again. I know he got to Alberta and that’s it,” Robyn Schmitke said through tears.
RCMP said Degenhardt was planning to visit an acquaintance at some point during his trip. They are now calling his disappearance suspicious.
“There’s elements of criminality or aspects of criminality in this that would coincide with his disappearance and this is why our major crimes unit is involved in this investigation,” RCMP spokesperson Josee Valiquette stated.
Degenhardt’s family is pleading with the public to call RCMP with any information they have – no matter how little it might be.
“We all just miss him so much,” Robyn Schmitke said through tears.
“It’s hard to deal with because he’s missing and we have no closure. Please, if you have any information, please call CrimeStoppers. I’m begging you; we just want him to come home.”
The couple married one year ago and Degenhardt has a 13-year-old step son.
“We’re all just very very scared. It’s like living in a horror movie. Every day we wake up to this and it doesn’t even seem real,” Schmitke cried.
Degenhardt is described as:
- 173 cm (5’8”) tall
- 91 kg (200 lbs)
- Greying hair and goatee
- Green eyes
He was last seen driving a vehicle described as:
- 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee
- Alberta Licence Plate BJS-0889
- SportRack on the passenger’s side roof
Degenhardt’s family is offering a reward of about $5,000 for any information on his location.
Anyone with information on Degenhardt’s whereabouts is asked to call Morinville RCMP at 780-939-4550, their local police, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
With files from Ashley Molnar