Search stalls after police exhaust leads

It’s been six months since Owen Kiernan Rooney, a former Kelowna resident and Australian national, disappeared and the search continues despite the fact Mounties now say all plausible leads have been exhausted.

From the Kootenays, to Vancouver Island and various cities in Alberta, tips about Rooney’s whereabouts have poured in, and while many appeared to be long-shots, the young man’s family, in conjunction with the police, have pursued them all.

“(The Rooney family) has tirelessly campaigned for leads, including setting up the website and the Facebook page Help Find Owen Rooney,” said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.

“The Rooneys will soon have to head back to Australia, still with the ultimate goal of locating Owen prior to their departure.”

Before that happens, Rooney’s mother Sharron, said she’d like to thank all the communities in B.C. and Alberta they have passed through in search of their son.

“The support from Canadians in B.C. and Alberta has been overwhelming and very much appreciated. People have been posting photos and posters for us and sharing on social media as well,” she said.

“We would like to encourage everyone to go to our website to obtain Owen’s photo to post on bulletin boards in public locations or online.”

Rooney was last seen at the Grand Forks Hospital on Aug. 14, 2010 at approximately 8 p.m., sitting outside on a picnic table. He departed that location alone leaving behind all his belongings and has not been seen since.

Rooney is 5’9”, 161 pounds, has blue eyes, short brown hair and two tattoos

. One is on his left shoulder blade, a three-inch circle with a Celtic star around it. The other tattoo is on his right calf, a logo of a triangle with a kangaroo inside and the words “Australian Made” underneath. The calf tattoo is about the size of the bottom of a coffee mug

Anyone with information about Owen’s whereabouts or any details on his disappearance, however insignificant the information may seem, is asked to contact the Grand Forks RCMP at 250-442-8288, their local police, Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or through websites the family set up.

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