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Vancouver police appeal to public for leads on five missing men

Vancouver Police canvas the Downtown Eastside for information relating to the disappearance of 25-year-old Matthew Huszar on Dec. 22, 2011.

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With no signs of foul play and all avenues exhausted, Vancouver police are looking for fresh leads regarding five missing men.

The Vancouver Police Missing Persons Unit issued a public plea for information Friday, regarding five young men who went missing last year.

Sergeant Kirk Star said there is no link between the five men. "Each and every case has its distinct circumstances surrounding their disappearances," he said.

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Geologist Matthew Huszar, 25, was last seen leaving a Christmas party in Gastown. Brian Mbaruk, 20, went for a day hike on Grouse Mountain in November. Mitchell Gallivan, 19, disappeared in October. Permadech Tatti, a young Thai male, was last seen with a suitcase packed in front of his Vancouver home. Daniel Holt, 29, went missing from his boat last summer.

The city has a total of 11 unresolved missing persons files from the past three years: one female and ten men. Police received about 3,700 missing persons reports in 2011, Sgt. Star said.

He said no missing person file is closed until the person is found.

The Missing Persons Unit has a dedicated staff of two detectives, a sergeant and a co-ordinator, and additional resources like the major crime section are available when needed, Sgt. Star said.

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