Published online at GlobalTVEdmonton.com on February 7, 2011.
Linda Hoang, Global News: Monday, February 7, 2011
Ad claiming to know whereabouts of missing couple is “twisted”: son
An ad taken out in a local paper alleging to know where missing couple Lyle and Marie McCann are has prompted a response from the couple’s son.
The person who placed the ad claimed to have information on the whereabouts of the McCanns, who went missing last July.
Brett McCann, the elderly couple’s son, saw the ad last week and called the number himself.
“He claimed that spirits had told him where my parents were and I just encouraged him to phone the police. He actually didn’t believe it was me on the phone,” Brett said.
“I don’t know what to make of his motivation here, it’s twisted.”
Brett said he’s worried the ad, which was also noticed by friends and family members, will take away from the search for his missing parents.
“What worries me about this is that it will confuse the public about the situation,” he said. “My parents are still missing, there’s still an investigation team… trying to uncover what happened.”
Brett says the ad has been “unsettling” for himself and his family.
Lyle and Marie McCann disappeared on July 3rd when they left St. Albert to go on a road trip to southern B.C.
Their burned out motorhome and SUV were recovered east of Edson a couple weeks later.
Brett says while he knows people mean well, anyone with information about his parents should call the police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, instead of using unconventional methods.
A special cash reward of $60,000 is still being offered by Crime Stoppers to anyone with information that leads to finding the couple.