The Vanishing of Denny-Ray Poole part IV: the search for Denny

It’s unclear when or where along the highway this happens, but RCMP arrive after receiving a phone call about the two youths.  

On the phone with the one youth, was a man with a heavy south Asian accent who possibly left the scene before police arrived. I believe officers searched the bridge area for signs of Denny, but found nothing.  I have read multiple reports that a snow storm had hit that night.

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Denny never did come home on Saturday like he told his grandmother he would.  The family reportedly learns through a Facebook message what had happened. According to family, this is uncharacteristic of Denny and for him to not be in touch with family members.   

 Into the weeks after Denny’s disappearance, police searches turned up nothing.  According to Denny’s sister Alisha during an interview with CBC, the RCMP exhausted all resources looking for Denny.  

A helicopter search, dogs, 60 officers walking shoulder-to-shoulder looking for clues.  Subsequent search parties held by family and the community also did not come up with anything.  Denny, a 14-year-old boy, seemed to just vanish. Did the below freezing temperatures, a snow storm and Denny’s lack of warm clothing cause Denny to wander into the woods to find shelter?  It may even be safe to wonder if it was cold enough that night for hypothermia to set in causing confusion, leading Denny to wander into the forest or fall into the icy river. Was the river frozen over, was it possible for him to fall in? 

As far as we have been told, there were no tracks to support these theories one way or the other though. Alisha adds to the CBC interview that some of his tracks were found, but it’s like at that point he just disappears.  It’s unclear where exactly these tracks were located. Although there was a snowstorm that night, the snow in the forest was said to have been at least 3 feet deep.  

Would the snowstorm have been enough to cover tracks and the deep path Denny would have created?  How far would an already cold and tired Denny have been able to travel in snow at least 3 feet deep?  Especially when not wearing winter gear or boots?  Had there been an encounter with a wild animal?  You would think that too would have left some sort of evidence behind.

 Why would the K-9 unit not have picked up on his scent?  Did Denny, disoriented get hit by a vehicle or fall off the bridge? There is also another thought, that Denny never wandered away after all.  That Denny got into someone’s vehicle. If this is true, where did he go? 

Who took Denny?  Although a scary thought, perhaps also giving hope that Denny may be alive somewhere.  That Denny may come home one day.

March 15, 2016 is when Denny’s disappearance hits the local media, and the community was shook.  How do you wrap your head around a couple kids deciding to jog in the middle of winter 74.6 kms to another community?  

How does one of them just disappear? People in the area of Kiskatnaw were asked to check their properties to make sure Denny hadn’t sought refuge from the cold in one of their buildings. No sign of Denny has ever been found.

To be continued…

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