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UPDATE 2: Search for White Rock man near Revelstoke shifts to mountain trail

White Rock resident David Anthony Klammer, 39, was reported missing on Oct. 21 while en route from Saskatchewan to his home in the Lower Mainland. His vehicle was found parked on a logging road near Revelstoke on Monday.  - Revelstoke RCMP handout
White Rock resident David Anthony Klammer, 39, was reported missing on Oct. 21 while en route from Saskatchewan to his home in the Lower Mainland. His vehicle was found parked on a logging road near Revelstoke on Monday.
— image credit: Revelstoke RCMP handout

Nov. 7 & 8 updates follow below

Searchers are looking for a missing White Rock man in the Twelve Mile area south of Revelstoke after his car was discovered there on Monday.

David Anthony Klammer, 39, of White Rock, B.C. left his parents' home in Saskatchewan on Oct. 8. He was driving his white 2003 Subaru Impreza. He was headed back home to White Rock, but never arrived.

His family reported him missing 13 days later on Oct. 21.

Five days later, on Oct. 26, a backpack that RCMP believe belongs to Klammer was found in the bush on a logging road known as Twelve Mile, Revelstoke RCMP said in a statement issued on the evening of Nov. 6.

On Monday, Nov. 5, Klammer's vehicle was found parked "on the logging road at the end of the 'Twelve Mile'," RCMP said.

The RCMP brought in an aircraft to search the area, but didn't find Klammer.

Revelstoke RCMP and Revelstoke SAR started a ground search on Nov. 6.

Klammer is a white male, 188 cm tall (6'2"), 89 kg (196 lb), and has brown hair with blue eyes. RCMP said David could be wearing a brown leather jacket.

RCMP are seeking any assistance. If you've seen Klammer, his car or have any information, please call the Revelstoke RCMP at 250-837-5255.

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PHOTO: David Klammer's 2003 Subaru Impreza was discovered on a logging road in the Twelve Mile area south of Revelstoke on Monday, Nov. 5.

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Do you have more information to add to this story? Contact Revelstoke Times Review editor Aaron Orlando at 250-814-8710.

Update, Nov. 7 11:25 a.m.

Intensive search yields no results

A Nov. 6 "intensive search" by Revelstoke RCMP and Revelstoke SAR ended without further sign of Klammer, said Revelstoke RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Kim Hall.

She provided further detail on the location where Klammer's vehicle was discovered. It was at the very end of Airport Way where it meets the Columbia River at Twelve Mile.

Hall said that camping equipment was found inside Klammer's vehicle. His bag was located on the flats of the Columbia River about 200 metres from his car.

"We haven't determined if it was broken down or not," Hall said. Even if his vehicle had broken down, it's an easy walk back to the paved section of Airport Way, which sees many vehicles pass by each day.

Police have no evidence that Klammer had a canoe or kayak with him, nor was there any evidence he was fishing on the river.

"Any missing person is always a mystery," Hall said. "There's so many things that could happen. He could have got out of his vehicle to go for a walk and animal life took over. He could have got out of his vehicle and went down to check the water and fell in. We don't know. Was he even down there? We don't know."

The semi-remote area is known for wildlife, especially bears. There are some low bluffs adjacent to the Columbia River about 500 metres from where his car was found.

There is virtually no human activity on the Columbia River south of Twelve Mile for about 50 kilometres; someone swept down the river towards the Upper Arrow Lake would not be found easily.

Hall provided more details on Klammer's last known movements traced through banking records.

He travelled to Penticton on Oct. 11 where he visited his grandmother. He was in the Vernon, Kelowna and Princeton area after that, including financial transactions up to Oct. 14.

Klammer's last documented visit to Revelstoke was well before he went missing. He bought fuel at the Revelstoke Shell station on Sept. 21. Police believe he gassed up here while en route from White Rock to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. "We think he just was travelling through," Hall said. "There's nothing to indicate that he had connections here in Revelstoke. Nothing at all."

Hall said Klammer was not known to be involved in crime. "We have no record of him being involved with the police before," she said. "There's no indication that he's been involved in a negative way with the police."

As of 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 7, police hadn't received any tips about the Klammer case.

Police and Revelstoke SAR are pausing the search on Nov. 7 due to the cold, wet weather, Hall said. They're planning another search on Nov. 8. "Tomorrow the search is going to migrate more north of where the backpack was located," Hall said.

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Do you have more information to add to this story? Contact Revelstoke Times Review editor Aaron Orlando at 250-814-8710.

Update, Nov. 8, 3 p.m.

Revelstoke RCMP have updated the last known whereabouts for David Klammer.

He checked into a motel in Sicamous on Oct. 17, leaving the next day.

Searchers shifted their search area up the mountainside from Twelve Mile on Nov. 8. Revelstoke SAR members staged from off the Akolkolex forest service road in the Echo Lake area.

Revelstoke RCMP spokesperson Staff-Sgt. Jacquie Olsen said searchers were concentrating on the mountain bench area above Twelve Mile, operating on the theory that Klammer could have climbed up a trail that leads from Twelve Mile.

Olsen also said that Klammer doesn't have a history of mental health issues, such as depression.

However, Olsen added that Klammer does have physical health issues, including recurring bladder infections. RCMP are operating under the belief that an acute infection could lead to delerium or hallucinations.

The Times Review consulted a physician about the hypothesis. He said that although delerium caused by bladder and urinary tract infections can happen in the very elderly, it's not likely in a 39-year-old male.

 


 

 

 

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