BY BILL PHILLIPS
The family of a man missing since October has issued a plea to anyone with information about his disappearance to contact Prince George RCMP.
Maxwell Harvey Mayling, 51, hasn't been seen since last fall.
“We love Max, and we miss him terribly,” said his brother Archer Pechawis at the Prince George RCMP detachment Friday. Pechawis along with his, and Mayling’s mother, Kay Pechawis, Mayling’s niece Carson Pechawis and friend Carl Lehr, urged anyone with information about Mayling’s whereabouts to talk to the police.
“This is very difficult for the family,” said Archer. “We just want to know what happened to Max, that’s all we want to know.”
Archer said Mayling’s children Jacqueline and Rodney were “too distraught” to make a public statement.
“They are very much invested in finding out what’s happened to their father,” he said. “… The most important thing in Max’s life was his children. He was absolutely dedicated to his kids. He really structured his life to be a good father to his kids.”
Carson Pechawis read a statement from Mayling’s daughter Jacqueline.
“’My dad is one of the funniest most accepting people anyone can meet,’” she said. “’He may have made mistakes, but is one of a kind. He is the reason why I’m strong. If I feel weak and feel I want to break open and cry, he is my rock … I feel so empty now without him to give me courage … I don’t think I can live knowing that the man who saved my life and loves me and my brother Rodney so much, is lost and we can’t find him.’”
Mayling had lived in Fort St. John for decades and just recently had moved to Prince George. Police believe foul play may have been a factor in his disappearance.
“I only have one thing to say, as a mother this is so unbelievable,” said Kay Pechawis. “I only have two sons, Archer and Wes. Life’s not living without either of them. If anyone knows anything at all please call.”
Mayling is known to police and is believed to be associated to the drug trade. Police have located and seized Mayling’s red 1995 four-door Ford Taurus in downtown Prince George.
Mayling is described as:
First Nations male
175 cm (5’9)
82 kg (180 lbs)
Salt & pepper hair
Investigators are once again requesting the public’s help. Anyone with information about Maxwell Harvey Mayling or his disappearance, are asked to please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477, online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only), or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637) using keyword pgtips. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crimestoppers.