Missing people found, major crimes unit investigates

Following a temporary closure of the Alaska Highway and several aircraft patrols, the RCMP have located two missing Whitehorse residents.

Following a temporary closure of the Alaska Highway and several aircraft patrols, the RCMP have located two missing Whitehorse residents.

Tamara Lucas, 20, and Mitchell Leblanc, 37, were reported missing on Wednesday, said an RCMP release.

At 4:15 Thursday, RCMP air services located a vehicle matching the description of the white, 1993 Chevrolet pickup the two were believed to be travelling in, said the release.

The vehicle was parked in a rest area near a bridge on the Alaska Highway, south of Whitehorse, said the release.

As a “precautionary measure,” police temporarily closed a section of the Alaska Highway on Thursday evening, during the after-work rush hour.

After they were found, both Lucas and Leblanc were taken to Whitehorse General Hospital for “examination and any required treatment,” said the release.

An Otter aircraft and a helicopter were spotted flying around Marsh Lake last night around five o’clock, according to several Marsh Lake residents who spoke to The News.

No RCMP officials would provide comment on the missing persons search or its aftermath.

But the cryptic RCMP release about missing persons ends by stating that the RCMP’s major crimes unit “continues its investigation.” (TQ)