On May 7, 2007, 52 year old Darreld Rayner of Lake Cowichan went missing while walking his dog. Mr Rayner was last seen at approximately 8:30 AM walking along Fairservice Main logging road, approximately 3 kilometers from his home. Beginning that afternoon, an extensive search was conducted by RCMP and local Search and Rescue crews, with the assistance of family and volunteers. Mr Rayner’s dog, a Jack Russell Terrier, was found that night by searchers, as was a coffee cup belonging to Mr. Rayner. The intensive search covered every square meter of the area, and included the use of tracking dogs and helicopters. The search went on for several days, and over 3400 search hours were expended. After the official search ended, the family and other volunteers continued to search for Mr. Rayner in the area south of Lake Cowichan for several more months, never giving up hope that their family member and friend would be found.
Over the last three years, Lake Cowichan RCMP and the RCMP's Island District General Investigation Service, have investigated numerous leads on this investigation including interviewing over 20 witnesses all around southern Vancouver Island.
May 7, 2010 is the three year anniversary of the disappearance of Darreld Rayner. While many explanations can be surmised as to what actually happened to Mr Rayner, investigators have not ruled out any in this mystery. The area where Mr. Rayner went missing has been changed since that day in May of 2007. More of the area has been logged and cleared. Still, with all that ground being disturbed, there has been no sign of Rayner. Police are hopeful that this new appeal to the public will lead to new information which will answer the questions about what happened to Mr. Rayner on that day in May of 2007.The RCMP extend their thanks to the Rayner family for their continued support of their efforts, and to Chek TV for their assistance with producing this Crimestoppers Video.
Anyone with information on the disappearance of Darreld Rayner, is asked to call the Lake Cowichan RCMP at 250-749-6668, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).