Whistler included in search for Owen Rooney 

Australian Owen Rooney has been missing since Aug. 24, after walking away from the Boundary Hospital in Grand Forks after being treated for facial bruising. He was working in Canada with his two sisters when he disappeared.

It is believed he sustained a brain injury, possibly in a fight, and was dropped off at the hospital by the RCMP with two black eyes. He had been attending the Shambhala Music Festival prior to his disappearance.

There have been numerous false sightings since his disappearance, including recent sightings in Alberta and on Vancouver Island.

The RCMP have since expanded the search to include Whistler. If you have seen Owen Rooney, contact the RCMP at 604-932-3044 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


Teen assaulted for snowball throw

The Whistler RCMP are investigating after they were called to the medical clinic regarding a 16-year-old who was punched by an adult earlier in the evening.

According to the youth, he and two friends were throwing snowballs at cars at Lorimer and Piccolo when an older model red Dodge Caravan stopped. A man, described as in his 20s, got out of the vehicle and chased the youth, punching him in retaliation. He required two stitches to his forehead.

The youth got a partial plate number, 143. The suspect is described as blonde with a moustache.

The youth were not charged with any offence, although if a vehicle had been damaged they could have been charged with mischief. If the driver can't see and an accident occurs as a result of snowball throwing, the throwers could be charged with mischief causing an injury or mischief endangering a life.


Be on the lookout for rental scams

The Whistler RCMP have received three reports related to the same rental scam in Whistler, including two victims who turned up after renting a vacation unit on Craigslist and one person who didn't fall for the fraud but alerted the police.

According to the RCMP, the suspects identify themselves as Tom and Susan Heppner and request a small deposit to book a vacation property in Whistler - between $150 and $250. When the people show up there is no room booked in their name.

The RCMP are currently tracing the scam through their Internet Service Provider, but in the meantime are asking people to be vigilant and not to pay in advance to book rooms.


Whistler apres spot over capacity

During a routine check of bars on Dec. 10, the Whistler RCMP discovered that an apres location at the base of Whistler had exceeded its posted capacity of 158 patrons, with approxoimately 200 people in the establishment at 9:30 p.m. They issued a Licensed Premise Check to the liquor inspector, who will investigate and decide whether to follow up with any enforcement action.

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