Friday, February 21, 2014

Pickup of missing man found in valley

Sheriff’s Office impounds vehicle for forensic analyses

Express Staff Writer

Stephan Romanchuk

     A dark maroon 1997 Chevrolet pickup that was last known to be driven by a Hailey man who has been missing since Jan. 15 was found over the weekend in the employee parking lot at Sun Valley Resort.

     Blaine County Sheriff Gene Ramsey said Wednesday that no clues have yet been discovered to help police determine the whereabouts of 47-year-old Stephan Romanchuk. The sheriff said the vehicle has now been impounded while investigators await forensic analyses by specialists from the Idaho State Police crime laboratory.

     “We have secured the vehicle and we’re waiting for the state lab to process it,” Ramsey said.

     The sheriff said forensic specialists will be looking for fingerprints, biological evidence or anything else that might provide information on what has happened to Romanchuk.

     “Since his disappearance, this is the first evidence we’ve found,” Ramsey said. Regarding the appearance of the vehicle, Ramsey said: “There’s nothing obvious and nothing out of ordinary, but you have to investigate it as if it is a crime.”

     The Idaho Missing Persons Clearinghouse, maintained by ISP, describes Romanchuk as 5 feet, 10 inches in height, weighing 165 pounds and with brown hair and brown eyes.

     Anyone with information on Romanchuk is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (208) 788-5555.

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