Details scarce in Bay Roberts man's disappearance

Nicholas Mercer
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There are still very few details in the disappearance of a Bay Roberts man five days after he went missing.

Bay Roberts resident Andrew Lush, 37, has been missing since early Saturday (Feb. 15) morning. Any person with information are asked to call the Trinity Conception RCMP at 596-5014.

And, the owner of a Bay Roberts bar where the man was last seen is being tight-lipped about what happened prior to the man leaving the establishment.

Donna Fowler is the owner/operator of Kelly’s Landing. Allegedly, it was the last place 37-year-old Andrew Lush, of Bay Roberts, was seen in the early morning hours of Feb. 15.

Due to medical reasons, Fowler has only been at her business sparingly the last number of weeks, and was not present the night of Feb. 14.

She confirmed several of her employees who worked that night have been in contact with members of the RCMP and have given statements.

However, she declined to comment further.

Meanwhile, Andrew’s mother Betty Lush has told media outlets her son had been escorted from the establishment around 1 a.m. the morning of Feb. 15 after his inebriation had reached a high point.

He was wearing only a T-shirt, a hoodie, jeans, and work boots at the time and has not been seen since.

"They should've called a taxi or police to bring him home," she told CBC.

Over the last two days, members of the Trinity Conception RCMP, the Avalon North Wolverines Search and Rescue and a police service dog, as well as a helicopter from fire and emergency services have scoured an area of the community from Klondyke to the east end. The Wolverines also combed the harbour in Bay Roberts by boat.

It has been a herculean effort from all parties to find Lush, who has been described by family as quiet and shy.

Today (Feb. 19), it has been a different scene in Bay Roberts. The RCMP have made the decision to scale back its ground search, but they remain in contact with the Wolverines should something change.

“We’ve covered every where that there is an expectation we might find something,” said Sgt. Greg Hicks.

While the ground search has yielded little results, police have not halted the investigation.

Officials have now started the process of gathering more information on possible whereabouts of Lush.

“The police investigation, following up on leads and information from the public, is still very active,” said Hicks.

The RCMP will remain in contact with Lush’s family.

“We’re looking for him because we’re very concerned,” said Hicks.

Police are still asking members of the public who may have information to let them know at 596-5014.

nmercer@cbncompass.ca

Organizations: RCMP, CBC, Avalon North Wolverines Search

Geographic location: Bay Roberts, Klondyke

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  • Kayla Goff
    February 20, 2014 - 10:51

    Why did the workers at Kelly's Landing not call this man a taxi or even the RCMP. At least then he would of been safe. If he had to go out in the water, it would take 7 days for any body to float. I hope the family has some closure. When they do get their closure, I hope they press charges to the bar and/or sue them. Very disgraceful for the bar to not do the right thing for the best interest and well being of another human being.

    • judy bradbury
      February 21, 2014 - 13:50

      well said my thought exactly kayla

    • judy bradbury
      February 21, 2014 - 13:50

      well said my thought exactly kayla