Ben Kilmer
Ben Kilmer was reported missing after his van was found on Cowichan Lake Road near Menzies Creek on May 16. (Facebook)

Nearly two months after his disappearance, there is still no update on the search for Ben Kilmer, and RCMP are asking anyone with information who hasn’t come forward yet to do so.

Investigators made the plea alongside Ben’s wife Tonya Kilmer at a press conference in Victoria on Friday afternoon.

Ben was initially reported missing last May. His work van was found running along Cowichan Lake Road near Menzies Creek in the Cowichan River area.

Despite extensive ground searches by search and rescue crews and volunteers, there’s been no progress made towards finding him.

“We need the truth,” Tonya Kilmer says

At the conference, Tonya told reporters that her and her family are “devastated” by Ben’s disappearance.

“His loss has shaken us to the core,” she said. “It’s our hope it shakes you also.”

Tonya described Ben as a father with a love for life and his two children. The family often explored the wilderness together and went on numerous hiking trips together.

She said someone living near the area where Ben was last spotted must have some information they haven’t shared yet, and asked that whoever they are come forward.

“We need evidence. We need the truth,” she said. “Someone knows something.”

If you’ve seen Kilmer or have any information about his whereabouts, please contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


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