Marshal Iwaasa


Marshal Iwaasa was 26 years old when he was last seen seen on November 17, 2019 in Lethbridge, AB. He lives in Calgary, AB but on November 17 he went to Lethbridge to visit his mom. Six days later, his truck was mysteriously found burned down in the backcountry of Pemberton, BC. Marshal’s family and friends have helped his story reach nation-wide headlines, but his case remains unsolved. 


About Marshal


“Once you get to know him, he comes out of his shell”

Paige Fogen

Marshal Iwaasa was born on January 3rd, 1993 in Lethbridge, AB. He has one older sister, Paige Fogen. Paige says Marshal has always been a pretty quiet guy. “That’s the biggest difference between me and him. He’s quite introverted and shy, but once you get to know him he comes out of his shell.”

Marshal enjoyed playing rugby and football. He had a core group of friends from junior high all the way through high school, and when he started new hobbies like going to the gym, he met people there too. “He fit in with a whole bunch of different people” says Paige. After graduating high school, Marshal worked for a few years.

In 2014 Paige moved to Hawaii with her husband, but despite the distance between her and her brother, they remained close. Marshal would visit her every Christmas, and since their birthdays are seven days apart, they celebrated them together too. “It’s like a big part of what he does.” she says.

Before Paige left for Hawaii, her and Marshal decided to get a storage locker for their belongings. They picked a storage locker that had 24 hour access, and required a unique code to get in. 

In 2018, Marshal decided to go back to school. He moved to Calgary in August and enrolled at SAIT, a community college, where he studied software development. “He was trying to be an adult, he had just gotten his first apartment,” says Paige.

”I noticed that when he got into SAIT, it was harder to get a hold of him” she says she attributed his distancing to being in school and stressed with homework and finals. However, they would still talk every week or two. 

In July-August of 2019, Paige and her husband flew down to Canada for a couple of weeks to go camping with her in-laws and attend a family reunion. She says Marshal was treated like family by them and was invited to tag along. “Everything seemed fine. He talked to me about what it was like in school, how he was doing, what he wanted to do. Nothing seemed too off” 

In the two months leading up to his disappearance, Paige says Marshal was taking weeks to reply to her messages. This was around the time when they would book his flights to Hawaii for Christmas, so she tried to get in touch with him about that. “Before he went missing it was harder to get a hold of him, I did notice that. Me and my husband had talked a lot about ‘is he avoiding us?’”

She says she thought he may have been using apps like snapchat to contact people, and since she doesn’t use snapchat, she reached out to a few of his friends to see if they could get a hold of him. However, they could not. The last time he messaged her was in October.



Disappearance


Photo By Lara Fominoff, Lethbridge News NOW


On November 17th, Marshal went to Lethbridge, AB to visit his mom and get a computer box from his storage unit. He attempted to get into the unit just after 11:00 p.m., but it was closed. Paige says they initially rented a unit because it had 24 hr access, but the owners of the facility changed at some point and the hours of availability changed – so they could no longer access the facility between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. She believes Marshal likely did not know this, which is why he tried to access it when it was closed.

Paige believes Marshal slept in his vehicle until 6:00 a.m. when he could access the unit. She says that was not out of character as they had slept in his vehicle before when they missed border hours. When Marshal finally could access the unit, he was there for about two hours, and then left.

The video footage that would have been available, was automatically erased after a few days, so it was too late for the police to access it. Therefore, it is not known whether he was alone, or what he took out of the unit. However, when Paige went back with the police to do a search of the unit, she says nothing significant was missing. 

On November 23rd, Marshal’s truck was found burned-down in the backcountry out of Pemberton, B.C by hikers, who alerted police. Police did not get to the site until the 25th – which is when they reached out to Marshal’s family. When his family couldn’t get a hold of him, they reported him missing that same day.

Police went through his phone records. They found that Marshal’s phone had been cut off since early November, meaning he was not paying for a phone plan. Paige says she did not know this, but it didn’t surprise her when she found out. She thought he maybe couldn’t afford a phone plan, but didn’t want to tell anyone.

“That would be exactly my brother. If he couldn’t afford it, he would turn it off.” She says there were other times when he would go without a phone plan for a couple of months and be ok with it. He would just message her through email or whatsapp. “He was so nonchalant about not having a phone,” she says.

Police also found out he was not enrolled in school prior to his disappearance, and his family was not aware of this. In an interview with Global News, Marshal’s mom Tammy Johnson reacted to the news by saying “Marshal just wasn’t ready to tell us he wasn’t going to school, that would be a hard thing to do, to tell your family,”


DISTANCE FROM LETHBRIDGE, AB TO PEMBERTON, BC

TIMELINE of Marshal’s disappearance

  • November 17, 2019

    Marshal went to Lethbridge to visit his mom and grab a computer part from the storage locker.

  • November 17, 2019

    At around 11:30 p.m., Marshal attempted to get in the storage locker but couldn’t access it because it was closed, so it is believed by family that he spent the night in his vehicle until the next morning. This was not out of character for him to do.

  • November 18, 2019

    At around 6:00 a.m., Marshal finally got in the unit and was in there for about two hours.

  • November 23, 2019

    A group of hikers found Marshal’s burned-down truck in the backcountry of Pemberton, B.C and were suspicious, so they contacted the RCMP.

  • November 25, 2019

    Pemberton RCMP visited the truck site and contacted Marshal’s family to let them know his truck was found. After several attempts to contact Marshal failed, his family reported him missing.


Initial Search Efforts


Marshal’s vehicle was found by hikers, who also discovered some of his clothing and items around the vehicle location. One of the hikers, James Starke, told Global News reporters that he and a group of friends had set out to visit the remote Brian Waddington Hut north of Pemberton, B.C.

“At the trail head, we came across a pickup truck that had been completely torched, but it looked like it had been torched, you know, extremely aggressively,” James Starke said. The group felt uneasy about the situation so they took photos, and drove back into an area with cellphone service to call Pemberton RCMP.

In a press release, Investigators say there is a “discrepancy between photos taken by the original hikers who located the scene and called police and RCMP photos taken when officers arrived some time later.” Police do not indicate what time they received the tip and what time they followed-up on it.

They say “It is possible other backcountry users encountered the items prior to RCMP arrival, and police are asking anyone who may have happened across the scene and inadvertently disturbed the items, to come forward.” When police arrived on scene, they examined the truck where it was found because due to the winter conditions at the time, it was “physically impossible to have a tow truck access and remove the truck”

Police say all evidence that was seized from Marshal’s vehicle was forensically processed and retained for potential DNA testing. Right now the evidence cannot be DNA tested by the RCMP crime lab unless officers have reasonable grounds to believe a DNA-designated criminal offence has been committed. They say “At this time no such evidence or grounds exist.” which means they have deemed Marshal’s disappearance as suspicious, but not criminal in nature. 

Police found that prior to his disappearance, Marshal hid the fact that he had stopped attending post-secondary classes prior to his disappearance. They say, “In examining Iwaasa’s personal affairs in the months leading up to his disappearance – including interviews with close friends as well as his financial, medical and social media activity – there is evidence to suggest he was experiencing stress in his life and had become withdrawn.” It is unclear whether this conclusion is based on the investigator’s personal judgement, or a psychologist or other expert evaluation. 

Investigators say they continue to monitor Iwaasa’s personal affairs including potential personal contacts as well as social media, phone, medical and financial activity. They state they have not found any “footprints of life.” Although police have shared most of their findings with Marshal’s family, not everything has made public to protect the integrity of the investigation. This includes additional details and insights into the circumstances, scene and evidence.


Investigation & Search


November – December 2019

RCMP conducted a ground search and retrieved cellphones and a laptop, as well as other electronics, his current passport and an expired passport. According to Paige, Marshal always carried his passport in his glove compartment, along with old, broken cell phones. 

Searches of the area were conducted by helicopter, ground personnel, dogs and underwater at a nearby creek, but RCMP found no sign of him. The search was suspended for the winter. 

Police appealed to gas stations and convenience stores along any of the possible routes to check their surveillance video for Iwaasa, or his truck — a dark blue 2009 GMC Sierra, with Alberta licence plate BLL 1099.

January 2020

Ground search was conducted by family and friends in Lethbridge Alberta.

February 2020

Lethbridge police confirmed with Marshal’s family that he was seen at Sherring and Churchill Industrial Park around 8:30 a.m. on November 18. 

The family made a plea to anyone in the Sherring and Churchill Industrial Park area or businesses nearby to review their security camera footage from November.

June 2020

Police issue a press release stating a new search was underway. A helicopter and all-terrain vehicles are being used to access the search site. Police said an RCMP fire investigator, several private investigators and members of the Canadian Search and Disaster Dogs Association would be conducting a ground search. 

Paige and her husband relocate to Canada from Hawaii to be a part of all search efforts.

July 2020

A team by the name of 4LOW B.C. reached out to Paige and family and offered to take them to the truck site in Pemberton, B.C.

They took vehicles equipped and well-prepared to drive in the rough terrain. Paige says they studied the map to the site extremely well so they knew exactly where they needed to go. The drive should have only been 13 hours from Lethbridge; However, it took the group 32 hours both ways due to unexpected incidents and several patches of area where there is absolutely no cell service. 

She says Marshal had no ties to British Columbia and would not have known the area at all, let alone the backcountry of Pemberton. She says after visiting the site it solidified to her that Marshal did not go there out of his own will.

She also says her family has reason to believe Iwaasa’s vehicle has been stripped of parts after examining it at the site. 

Paige also remembered that Marshal had just paid off his truck in full in September, so she does not understand why he would completely burn it. She also says some broken gaming devices were found which she believes were not Marshal’s.


Now



Paige and her family are wanting Marshal’s case to be deemed criminal in nature so it can be investigated by a specialized team of investigators, which could lead to a new break through in Marshal’s case. 

If you want to support Marshal’s family, you can join their Facebook group here. and donate to their GoFund me fundraiser, which clearly lists what the donations will be used for.

To date, police say they have looked into and checked all available avenues and known sources of information to determine Iwaasa’s movements including CCTV footage from businesses, highway traffic monitoring images, national park/gate camera footage and made requests for dash cam footage from members of the public. At this time there is no known CCTV footage of Iwaasa or his vehicle after he went missing.

Iwaasa has been listed as missing with the National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains (NCMPUR) and his DNA and dental records are on file to aid in identification if remains are later located. Investigators say they are conducting interviews with several individuals who may have information on Iwaasa’s disappearance, continue to check various databases and will follow-up on new leads.

Iwaasa is described as five feet, 11 inches tall and approximately 170 pounds, with brown eyes, a moustache and shoulder-length brown hair, usually worn tied back. He was last seen wearing a green hoodie, grey tuque, red high-top shoes and black pants.

Anyone with information about Marshal Iwaasa is asked to come forward. LPS has jurisdiction of the investigation and can be reached by calling 403-328-4444. To remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at http://www.p3tips.com.

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Trevor Hamlyn


Trevor Hamlyn

(Pepsi)


Trevor Hamlyn was 33 years old when he disappeared on Saturday June 16, 2018 in the area of Imogene Crescent in Paradise, Newfoundland. Earlier that day, Trevor purchased a bottle of Jameson whisky and a two-litre bottle of ginger ale. He was planning on attending a friend’s party that night. Three days later, Trevor’s mom got a call from his roommate saying he hadn’t seen Trevor since Saturday. After his family couldn’t get a hold of him, they reported him missing. Trevor’s case remains unsolved.


About


People always knew him for his smile. He had a great smile

Ashley Hamlyn

Trevor

Trevor Hamlyn was born on May 24, 1985 and grew up in a rural area around the Bay in central NL. Trevor and was nicknamed “Pepsi” by friends and family because he always had Pepsi available. His father Bob worked for Browning Harvey, the manufacturer for Pepsi, so Trevor would bring several cans to school everyday. When it was someone’s birthday, he would give them a can.

Trevor has a younger sister, Ashley, and an older brother Geoff. “We had a good relationship because we were only one year apart,” said Ashley.

Trevor was very protective over his little sister. He was always standing up for her and making sure she felt included around his friends. “He would never let anyone say anything bad about me,” she said. “I was a little bit less outgoing, but he was a great brother. He always took care of me… he didn’t announce it and let everyone know, he just did it.”

“We used to get sent to our rooms for time outs, but our rooms were next door to each other, So we’d always send each other notes underneath our doors.” Ashley holds onto many memories with Trevor. Growing up, they took full advantage of living in the outdoors and would often go fishing and quading.

He wasn’t into sports at school, but spent a lot of his spare time hanging out with friends. “Everyone liked him. He had lots of friends” She also describes him as being a “jokester” and always wanting to make people laugh, “not by telling jokes, just the way he was,” she said. “People always knew him for his smile. He had a great smile.” 

It was easy for Trevor to make friends, but he struggled in school. Trevor would often skip class and get into trouble, but despite being a “wild child” as Ashley describes, he never wanted to disappoint his mom, Michelle. “He always wanted mom to be proud of him. Everything he did,” she said. Trevor pushed through his challenges at school and was about to graduate, when suddenly, his father passed away of a heart attack three months before the ceremony.

“It was hard [for him] but Trevor pretty much kept everything to himself,” said Ashley. “He wasn’t a conversationalist. He wasn’t a big talker. He was the strong, silent type but always smiling,” 

Trevor did not make it to his graduation ceremony, but the following year, it was Ashley’s turn to graduate – and Trevor was right there beside her, supporting her. “He did the father daughter dance with me,” she said. “I didn’t even know he was going to do it, it was just a spur in the moment thing like he just came up to me and said ‘let’s dance’” 

SLIDESHOW OF TREVOR AND FAMILY

Career

After high school, Trevor didn’t know what career path to take. He worked a few different jobs including one as a chef, which he really enjoyed. But, he knew it wasn’t a long-term career and wanted to pursue something else. That’s when he got into siding and other home renovation work. 

A couple years after graduating high school, Trevor attended the College of the North Atlantic (CONA) for business, and graduated from the program in 2010. 

By then, Trevor drifted apart from his high school friends because of the difference in lifestyle he had compared to them – everyone got married and had kids. “He wasn’t interested in doing any of that,” said Ashley. “He kind of never got through the next phase… he kind of just got stuck where he was.”

Ashley said Trevor got into a serious relationship after high school, a five year relationship which left him heartbroken. After that, he wasn’t open to the idea of getting into another serious relationship. So, he focused on his job instead

One year before disappearance

Trevor worked in siding for over a decade, then in 2017 (a year before his disappearance), he decided to start his own business. Ashley said it wasn’t long before Trevor realized that running a business wasn’t for him. He enjoyed the labour part of his job, but not so much the invoicing. “Unfortunately that didn’t really pan out for him at the end,” said Ashley.

Trevor was losing money on his business and ended up losing his truck. Then, he lost his business altogether. “Looking back in hindsight, from Christmas on he kind of pulled away from family a bit. He wasn’t around as much,” Ashley said that was one of the biggest differences she noticed in Trevor in the months leading up to his disappearance. 

The most significant thing Ashley can remember in the moments leading up to Trevor’s disappearance, is that he sustained an injury to his arm. About a month prior to his disappearance, he had a cut on his arm with significant bleeding.

Trevor told his family that he was in the woods with three people and was accidentally cut with a knife. He said he had to walk a home to bandage it up (a few miles away), and his feet ended up getting blistered. His mom told him he had to go to the hospital the next day. “We actually think it was a warning to trevor, and someone actually physically meant to harm him,” said Ashley.

Ashley doesn’t know who he was in the woods with because Trevor didn’t mention it, but she believes whoever it was, left him there. “That’s why he probably didn’t go to the doctor right away.”


Disappearance


Trevor wasn’t top on security”

Ashley Hamlyn

Facebook account

Trevor’s mom got a call from Trevor’s roommate Tuesday night, June the 19th at 11:00 p.m. saying that he had not seen Trevor since Saturday. She called Ashley to the phone and after getting some information from the roommate, they started contacting a couple of his close friends. None of them had seen him, so Ashley called police that same night and filed a missing persons report.

Ashley said Trevor had just gotten a new phone but didn’t activate it yet, so they couldn’t actually call or text him. Normally, he would just message people on social media or use other people’s phones to make calls. She said it wasn’t unusual for Trevor not to have a phone on him, in fact, he was always breaking phones. She said the problem was so bad that “Blackberry actually kicked him out and told him he wasn’t allowed to get another blackberry”

After he couldn’t get another blackberry, he got a samsung phone instead. Ashley knew this because she found the brand new box of the samsung phone in his room. But, the Samsung phone was missing. 

This is the Paradise home where Trevor Hamlyn was last seen. (Sherry Vivian/CBC)

That night, the police came over to Ashley’s mom’s house and spoke to their family. She got the impression that they thought Trevor would be back within 24 hours, but when he didn’t show up, police issued a press release the next day.

Ashley knew it was difficult for police to get access to a lot of Trevor’s stuff including social media accounts, so they decided to go to Trevor’s place to do a search of their own. At the time, Trevor was renting a room off a friend. When they went into his room, they tried to look for basic things like his wallet. His wallet was not in his room, but it was found upstairs with no money inside. 

Then they looked at his computer. One of the first things they noticed was his computer was on, and he hadn’t been logged out of Faceook. “It was not surprising, Trevor wasn’t top on security” but, she said his history browser was completely wiped out. 

They told police they had access to his Faceook, and police were on their way. They started looking at his messages to see who he was speaking with last, and that’s when they noticed a message from someone Ashley didn’t know. Somebody that Trevor owed money to. 

“As we’re reading this, that’s when the police officer showed up,” she said. 

Further information will not be disclosed to protect the privacy of all involved.


MAP OF WHERE TREVOR WAS LAST SEEN ON JUNE 16


TIMELINE of Trevor’s disappearance

  • June 16, 2018

    Trevor was seen at a Sobeys purchasing a bottle Ginger ale, and then at the liquor store connected to Sobeys buying whiskey. He was planning on going to a party that night.

  • June 19, 2018

    Trevor’s roommate called Trevor’s mom to say he hadn’t seen Trevor since Saturday. He was reported missing that night.


Investigation & Search


The iPhone

Ashley took Trevor’s computer home and five days later, police came back to get it. She said police involvement into Trevor’s case was good and they started asking a lot of questions, but most of the information police had was information her family gave them. “We were pretty much the investigators,” she said. She recognized that police had many hurdles including privacy laws which prevented them from getting into Trevor’s personal stuff early in the investigation. 

“I found out a lot of things,” said Ashley. 

The first ground search was June 23rd. Ashley said family, friends and strangers came to the search. They made a social media post announcing the search, and the story was picked up by the media. Ashley said in total, they had 30 people there and it was the biggest search they had. 

“The first search we did, was actually the most interesting search.” Ashley said one group found a white iPhone on the ground and pointed it out. Afterwards, she compared the serial number of the white iPhone to one of Trevor’s old cell phone boxes at home, and it was a match.

She said it was very odd that an old phone of his, which he didn’t use, was found in their search area. “Our theory is that someone planted it. It was placed there. And the reason why we say that is because it was a white iPhone, it was found face up on the grass, we just had rain and there was no water, no mud, no leaves, no nothing,” she said.

“We do believe it was planted there to throw us off the track of where we should be looking. To occupy us,” she said.

She said looking back, she wishes her family would have been provided with the appropriate resources to conduct a thorough search. “We learned after that you should have a signup sheet of everyone doing the search.” She said something they learned is that in missing person cases, it’s common for people to attend a search simply to learn more about the investigation and try to compromise it.


Media


Experience with news outlets

“Some media outlets are really good. They are really considerate of the family. Some of them just want the story, and some just like to spin things”

She said some news outlets put an emphasis on the fact that Trevor was suicidal. “We know that’s not the case. He never had mental health issues, he was never on medications. The police had actually checked with our family doctor three times asking this question,” she said.

“With my father passing, and how hard it’s been on the family, he would never do that. He would never commit suicide. He would never put my mother through that, she’s been through enough.”


Now


Trevor’s case has not been classified as a homicide by police, it is only an active missing persons case. Since his disappearance, his story has not reached national headlines. Ashley hopes that by telling his story, someone with information on Trevor’s whereabouts will do the right thing and come forward with information. 

Police ask that anyone with information contact them at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Anonymous information can be reported on the NL Crime Stoppers website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.

You can support Trevor’s family by joining their Facebook Group where they post the most up-to date information about Trevor’s case.

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