Parents Ted and Kathy Klammer have offered a new clue following the mysterious disappearance of their son David Klammer, 39, whose last known whereabouts was in Revelstoke on Oct. 18, 2012.
The White Rock, B.C. resident’s backpack was found near the riverside recreation spot Twelve Mile on Oct. 26. His abandoned vehicle was reported to police on Nov. 5, also at Twelve Mile.
Extensive searches in the area turned up no new clues. The RCMP say the case is a mystery; Klammer didn’t have characteristics commonly associated with missing persons. He didn’t have any known crime links, nor a history of depression. Police recovered his passport, indicating he likely didn’t leave the country. He was a busy and successful window salesman. A previous relationship ended several years ago.
A few weeks ago, RCMP used a helicopter to search the Columbia River. They had a dive team on standby, but they found nothing.
Kathy and Ted Klammer visited Revelstoke last week from their home in Saskatchewan. “We just don’t know where he is,” Ted said. “It’s so strange. [The RCMP] are in the dark too. They haven’t got any clues to follow up on.”
He said David was thinking of moving away from White Rock, and had been scouting out potential communities in the Interior to relocate to. That may be why he was in Revelstoke.
The parents are devastated by the disappearance and are asking the public to be on the lookout for David. They ask anyone who owns recreational property in the area to check out their cabins. Likewise for abandoned buildings. They want dirt bikers, hikers and others travelling in the area to be on the lookout for clues.
They’ve discovered an archery set Klammer recently bought is missing. “We suspect that he had the archery set with him,” Ted said. It’s described as a two-tone, fibreglass bow. Six arrows were found in David’s car. It is unknown if he had more arrows. David was not a hunter. His backpack containing water and other supplies was found nearby his car.
Ted said his son was taking medication for a urinary track infection. They suspect he could have been in medical distress if he came off the medications suddenly when he got lost.
“We’re grasping at straws, but we just don’t know,” Kathy said.
Klammer is a white male, 188 cm tall (6’2”), 89 kg (196 lb), and has brown hair with blue eyes. RCMP believe he was wearing a brown leather jacket.
If you have any information, contact the Revelstoke RCMP.
Correction: This story has been corrected from an earlier version that stated the bow was a wooden Eastman brand bow. In fact it was a fibreglass bow and the manufacturer is unknown; the arrows found in Klammer’s vehicle were Eastman brand.