Missing man’s dog found on riverbank

Robert Arthur King was supposed to pick up his friend, Paul Warner, in Carmacks last week, but he didn’t show.

Robert Arthur King was supposed to pick up his friend, Paul Warner, in Carmacks last week, but he didn’t show.

And that was unusual, said Warner, who has known King for 25 years.

Warner and his wife, who had paddled the Teslin from Johnson’s Crossing, found their own way back to Whitehorse, and then tried to track down King.

But he couldn’t be found.

They did find the minivan they’d lent him for the journey. It had been parked near the closed bridge to Kishwoot Island since June 16.

King, 52, left his glasses, his cellphone and a bag of dog food in the minivan.

A few days later, King’s dog and constant companion, Tuffy, was found wandering the banks of the Yukon River in downtown Whitehorse.

Tuffy was first brought to the city pound, but a family friend stepped forward to foster the dog until King is found.

The last time Warner saw King was on June 15.

“He seemed like he was pretty upbeat and he sounded good,” said Warner.

He doesn’t know of anybody who has seen him since.

Warner is worried about his friend.

“He might have committed suicide; he might have been running away from demons, but I don’t know,” said Warner.

“I know he was troubled.”

The Whitehorse RCMP is investigating King’s disappearance.

King is Caucasian with blue eyes and short brown-and-grey hair. He is 5-6, weighs 150 pounds and has a slim build.

King was last seen wearing a dark blue-and-white patterned sweater with faded blue jeans and black running shoes.

Anyone with information on King or his whereabouts is asked to call Whitehorse RCMP at 667-5555 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.

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