Following their disappearance, Vernon RCMP sent out several press releases asking for the public's help in finding Uriel Soto, 37, Isaac Bautista, 27, Juvenal Binedo, 39, and Juan Sanchez, 30. On Wednesday, Vernon police sent out a press release saying their investigation had concluded because the men had been located. An RCMP spokeswoman refused to say where or when the men were found, adding that is usual procedure when missing persons cases are closed.
"It's never happened before that we know of."
1st such incident in 15 yearsMexicans come to the Okanagan through the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program, which is designed to help farmers who can't find enough Canadians willing to work in the orchards. In the 15 years the program has operated in the Okanagan, this was believed to be the first time that any Mexicans here under its auspices had gone missing. "It's never happened before that we know of," said Fred Steele, president of the BC Fruit Growers' Association. "Who knows? Maybe these guys just showed up home again, so they aren't considered missing anymore," he suggested. (Kelowna Courier)
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