The mother of missing Kristofer Shawn Couture, 25, put out a $10,000 reward offer for information leading to finding her son.

National cold case hunters take on search for missing man last seen in B.C.

Kristofer Couture’s car was found at Chilliwack trailhead in January but there’s been no sign since

National cold case investigators have added the Chilliwack case of missing Kristofer Couture to their Please Bring Me Home website.

Couture’s car was found abandoned in January in the parking lot of the Elk/Thurston trail in Chilliwack.

The hope is that the cold case website started in Southern Ontario will flush out something new on the local case.

READ MORE: Searchers combed the hills

Please Bring Me Home is the brainchild of Nick Oldrieve and two others from Owen Sound, Ontario.

Each page on the site maps out the known facts of a case, and encourages the public to come forward, anonymously if desired, with any nuggets of new information.

“The amount of times I’ve heard from someone, ‘I doubt this is important, but…’ is unbelievable,” Oldrieve said. “They key to solving a case could be something as simple as, ‘I smelled a foul odour’ while they were out in the bush or hunting.”

They started off working on a handful of regional cases in Ontario, and saw solid success after tips started trickling in. They’ve found missing people, and managed to locate remains, based on a tip they were sent, which later led to an arrest.

But after a W5 television episode about their work was broadcast in October 2019, the Please Bring Me Home website exploded. They were flooded with messages asking for assistance, and have expanded operations across Canada since it aired.

“We received hundreds of requests,” Oldrieve said.

The Couture case was among those messaged requests for help, and it has now been added to the site.

“We reached out to Eva Couture (Kristofer’s mother) to see if she was interested and she said ‘Absolutely,’” Oldrieve said.

There’s been no sign of the young man since January, despite numerous search efforts, billboards seeking tips, and a cash reward of $10,000 to spur memories.

Kristofer Couture arrived in the Lower Mainland in January from Edmonton to work construction.

Couture reported to work in Maple Ridge on Jan. 25 and worked out at a gym in Burnaby on that same day. His credit and debit cards were used fraudulently in April, but he never used his phone after Jan. 25.

Please Bring Me Home has grown recently from the three founders, to a team of 18, including retired detectives, and cadaver dogs, working in tandem, soliciting tips.

They’re not out to implicate any one, or point fingers in terms of any crimes committed.

“That’s the job of police,” Oldrieve said.

The anonymous tips they solicit can often turn up surprising information.

“At the end of the day, if we can just continue to give the family some hope that something is being done to move the case forward, then by all means we will,” Oldrieve concluded.

READ MORE: Family begs for any info out there


@CHWKjourno
jfeinberg@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Nick Oldrieve, executive director of Please Bring Me Home, in front of the Kristofer Couture page on the website. Couture went missing from Chilliwack in January 2019. (Please Bring Me Home photo)

Just Posted

Vandals destroy sign at Hope Legion

Sign found to have fire damage and missing letters Tuesday morning

Upper Fraser RCMP joins Twitter

Twitter feed once limited to Chilliwack expands

Report: Homes at risk unless flood protection improves in Hope

Funding needed to protect 200 properties worth $8 million from potential flood damage

Hospital patient pleads guilty to dumbbell assault of nurse in Abbotsford

Neale Heath admits to assault causing bodily harm in attack last September

Westbound Highway 1 roll-over crash slowing commuters in Abbotsford

Accident occurred just west of Mt. Lehman Road, left lane blocked

VIDEO: Nickelback gears up for nostalgia tour

Canadian band joins Stone Temple Pilots for a summer tour that includes just one stop in Canada

Boy, 13, arrested after alleged assault involving girl at B.C. middle school

Boy alleged to have used ‘inappropriate levels of force’ to injure the girl

B.C. player becomes only second Canadian to enter Hall of Fame of Baseball

Walker received 76.6 percent of the Baseball Writers of America Association vote

PHOTOS: Heavy snowfall breaks window, causing avalanche into B.C. newsroom office

It was a chaotic start to the week for the Kitimat Northern Sentinel

Deer carcass strung up at Surrey fire hall prompts investigation

Investigation underway following complaint a Surrey firefighter hung a deer carcass in a fire hall

Canadian law firm launches class action on behalf of Iran flight victims

Flight 752 was shot down by Iran shortly after take off

Mission Hill cellarman fired after mistakenly dumping $162K of wine down the drain

The former employee filed a grievance with the West Kelowna winery but was unsuccesful

Protesters block B.C. government building entrance to support Wet’suwet’en First Nation

A letter with four demands was delivered to the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

Most Read