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Family of missing Alberta couple offers $10,000 reward for leads

In Canada on August 17, 2010 at 09:16

EDMONTON — The family of a missing Alberta couple has announced a reward in the hopes it will lead to finding out what happened to their elderly parents.

The McCann family is offering a potential reward of $11,000 to the person that comes forward to investigators with a tip that leads to locating Lyle and Marie McCann, missing since early July, or the arrest and conviction of those involved in any related foul play.

“I think it’s highly likely that multiple people may know something here,” son Bret McCann said at a news conference Monday.

McCann says the bulk of the money they have so far, $10,000, came from an anonymous donor. The family is hoping to raise more through donations to a TD trust account.

RCMP spokesman Sgt. Tim Taniguchi stressed the financial reward was a family initiative supported by major crimes investigators. “It’s motivation. What motivates a person to come forward? It could be ethics, it could be that it’s the right thing to do. It could also be financial benefit,” he said.

The reward is unrelated to one of up to $2,000 offered by Crime Stoppers, which guarantees anonymity.

It’s been more than six weeks since Lyle McCann, 78, and his wife Marie, 77, were last seen on July 3, fuelling their motorhome on their way out of St. Albert, a bedroom community of Edmonton where the couple lives.

Two days later, their motorhome was found in flames at an Alberta campground about 200 kilometres away from their home. The SUV the couple was towing was found abandoned in a wooded area about 50 kilometres from that site on July 16.

McCann said that although it may be “naive,” the family is holding out hope the elderly couple is still alive.

© Copyright (c) The Edmonton Journal

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