Original story: Agony drags on for missing Kelowna man’s family

Published in December of 2006 when Aaron Derbyshire first went missing, Cheryl Weirda's story highlights how much this family has struggled

  • Sep. 30, 2013 7:00 p.m.

During a news conference at her home

This story was originally published online on December 20, 2006, just a few months after Aaron Derbyshire went missing. The family had issued an award since his disappearance on Sept. 30th of that year and they were anxiously counting down the hours before the deadline they set for the tips.

The Derbyshire family wants one thing for Christmas—to know where Aaron is.

Only five days remain until the holiday, which is also the date a $100,000 reward for information about the disappearance of Aaron Derbyshire expires.

The 22-year-old vanished from the Level nightclub in downtown Kelowna early on Sept. 30, and hasn’t been heard from since.

“The only way we would be celebrating right now is if we had Aaron home,” said his mom, Glenda Derbyshire. “It’s not looking like it’s going to be a happy Christmas.”

Normally at this time of year, the Derbyshire boys help their mom decorate Christmas cookies, and the family goes on ski trips together in the winter.

“We’re missing that this year,” she said.

The family spoke out again yesterday, hoping to twig the conscience of someone who knows what happened to Aaron.

“We fully believe there are people out there…that know what happened,” said Glenda. “I would really hope that their conscience would be harping on them constantly to do what’s right. I would really hope that they make that phone call.”

The wait for information about their son’s disappearance, Glenda told the Capital News, has been “horrible.”

“It’s like all of our lives are in limbo,” she said.

She also said the lack of information since the reward was announced three weeks ago has been “really disheartening.”

“We were hoping that we would have the key tips,” she said. “This past week has been discouraging in a lot of ways.

“There hasn’t been anything substantial that the police have to go on, other than they’re working on a couple of other leads that they’ve had from the beginning.”

The family will not extend the time the reward is available, Glenda said.

“This has been enough time…To prolong this agony is just difficult.”

She’s hoping her second oldest son will still be found alive, but acknowledges it may not happen.

“If Aaron is deceased…we would just rather have something,” she said.

“Aaron may not have anymore time, but other people out there do, and hopefully, they’ll have mercy on us.”

The family says the disappearance of Aaron just doesn’t make sense.

“I know that his boss was very happy with him and his work,” said Glenda. “He had a good life going on.”

As well, he didn’t have his cell phone with him. It was later found in a work vehicle.

“It’s not like him at all to not be with his cell phone,” she said.

Aaron, she said, is a “strong, courageous man” who was not the type to “get into someone’s face.”

“He was just a really decent guy,” she said. “He is very, very much greatly missed right now.”

Even if there is no news of Aaron by midnight on Monday, Glenda said: “We’re not ever going to stop looking and wondering and asking questions and also hoping that people are going to be aware of this.”

When the reward was announced last month, RCMP said they had interviewed approximately 200 people and addressed 116 tasks in the case.

No update on the investigation was available from the RCMP yesterday.

Derbyshire is described as standing five foot, 11 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds.

He has curly brown hair and was wearing blue jeans and a button-down shirt the night he went missing.

Cheryl Wierda was a staff reporter for the Capital News when the story was written; she is a contributes to our coverage of court cases today.





Just Posted

Trial for gangland slaying of Jonathan Bacon takes a turn

Charges for three men charged in the 2011 murder of B.C. gangster Jonathan Bacon have changed

Robot caretakers could be in your future

Interior Health CEO says AI will revolutionalize medical care

Kelowna walk sheds light on blood cancer darkness

The Light The Night Walk takes Saturday, April 21, from Waterfront Park

Driving Change: A Kelowna man’s charitable trip across Canada

A Kelowna man, his bus, and his mission for positive change across our country

Kelowna examines options to connect Rutland with rail trail

Public feedback on the four options is available online until May 6

Your April 20 Morning Brief

What’s making headlines in the Okanagan and Shuswap

Producer, DJ Avicii found dead at 28

Swedish-born artist Tim Bergling, was found in Muscat, Oman

Cars lined up in Vernon as gas hits 109.9

Gas wars continue with prices as low as $109.9 in North Okanagan

Trudeau ends 3-country tour with global reputation, alliances intact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finds footing on the world stage after China and India controversies

Province’s $6.5M will help women escape violence, Public Safety Minister announces

Mike Farnworth made the funding announcement in Surrey Friday morning

Leafs’ Matthews has top-selling jersey, edging Crosby, McDavid: NHL

Austin Matthews jersey sales top Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid

West Vancouver police hunt for Grinder scam artist

Christian Michael Lee Richardson charged with fraud in relation to scam involving the dating app

Victims grant may miss needy parents due to eligibility rules: report

Only 29 of 50 applicants between 2013 and 2017 received the grant across Canada, a federal report says

Woman sends support bags to cancer patients across province

Chilliwack woman’s efforts inspired by late mother-in-law’s generous spirit

Most Read