It was interesting to see how the Prince George RCMP press releases changed from, literally, one day to the next in the case of the SUV belonging to the missing couple from Alberta.
Shortly after 4 p.m. on July 15, a release was issued relating to the couple who had turned in “valuable information” regarding the vehicle belonging to Lyle and Marie McCann. “This vehicle was seen in the Prince George area, within the last four days.”
About an hour later, a second press release came out. The couple had returned to the RCMP office, but things had obviously changed. Now the release said, “Prince George Detachment would also like to remind the media that the sightings of this missing Hyundai Tucson are, as yet, unconfirmed.” In other words, the “valuable information” from an hour ago might not be so valuable.
On July 16, almost exactly 24 hours after the first press release, Prince George RCMP acknowledged that some procedural errors occurred in obtaining information. Now, again, things have changed. It turns out the couple “did not record the licence plate at the time of the sighting and were not able to provide any details of the vehicle or its occupants.”
So it appears that not only was the original witness statement negligent in not getting names and contact information, the information it did take down was incorrect at least based on how the RCMP itself handled it.