- Our Town
Family makes plea for information
The family of Valentine Degenhardt, a Salmon Arm man who was reported missing on July 19, has established a special reward fund to encourage anyone with information on the case to come forward.
Degenhardt and Robyn Schmitke, his wife of one year, were living in Salmon Arm éwhen he went missing while on a trip to visit family in Alberta.
Schmitke was in Alberta last week to announce the family has joined with Crime Stoppers to offer a reward of $5,000 to anyone who can help find her husband.
Degenhardt, who goes by Val, is described as a 45-year-old Caucasian male with green eyes, brown and grey hair, and a grey goatee. He was last seen on July 17 at about 5:30 p.m. in Barrhead, Alta. driving a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the licence plate number BJS 0889.
His family says his disappearance is out of character. The RCMP Major Crime Unit is investigating the disappearance.
The Degenhardt family set up the reward fund along with Crime Stoppers to offer a reward exceeding what is traditionally offered. To qualify for the special reward, people have to speak directly to investigators and be willing to go to court.
Video from security cameras at the Barrhead gas station where Degenhardt was last seen are available on the Alberta Missing Persons website.
Degenhardt has tattoos on both inner sides of his legs and on both his biceps. One of the tattoos is a yin-yang symbol that marked the date of his marriage.
Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com.