Bizarre disappearance of Alta. man highlighted in new documentary
Published Thursday, July 18, 2019 10:30AM MDT
Last Updated Thursday, July 18, 2019 7:44PM MDT
The family of a missing Beaumont man hopes the release of a new film will help them figure out what happened.
Ryan Shtuka seemingly vanished from an alpine resort in British Columbia’s interior on Feb. 17, 2018. The 20-year-old left a house party at Sun Peaks Resort, B.C., in the early-morning hours, but has not been seen or heard from since.
This week, a documentary titled “Peaks and Valleys: The Search for Ryan Shtuka” was released on YouTube. It chronicles Shtuka’s disappearance and the ensuing police and volunteer searches. It features interviews with Shtuka’s parents, friends, Mounties, volunteer searchers and local media.
“When I see the movie, I can’t run from it anymore,” said Ryan’s mom, Heather Shtuka, who has viewed the film several times.
She said there are three points in the film that bring down her emotional walls. The first is the opening scene, which shows the construction of a missing person’s billboard with Shtuka’s picture on it.
"That always gets me.because who would've ever thought you'd have to do that?” she said.