Marshal Iwaasa

26-year-old Marshal Iwaasa was last seen by his family on the 17th of November, 2019, in Lethbridge, Alberta. He told his family that he was returning to Calgary, but Marshal has not been seen or heard from since.

On the day that he was last seen, Marshal was recorded visiting a storage locker facility. He remained inside the facility for two hours before leaving. However, by the time the police started looking into Marshal’s disappearance, the camera footage from the storage facility was no longer accessible.

Just a week after Marshal was reported missing, Marshal’s truck was found abandoned and burnt at the end of a logging road in a remote area of Pemberton, British Columbia. Marshals’ truck was so badly burnt that no fingerprints were recoverable, and investigators believe that his truck was set on fire deliberately.

Marshal’s burnt truck. Credit: CBC

Some of Marshal’s belongings were found scattered around his burnt truck, along with some other items that Marshal’s family said didn’t belong to him. According to Marshal’s family, Lethbridge police have not investigated the items that were found around Marshal’s truck and they are not looking to find the owner of the items that didn’t belong to Marshal.

The area where Marshal’s truck was discovered is not only very remote but also very hard to access. Marshal’s sister, Paige Fogen, said that when they visited the area (after Marshal’s truck had been found), they needed 4×4 vehicles to get through.

I don’t even know how Marshal’s truck got in there. Marshal’s never been to that area in B.C.” Paige said.

Marshal’s family have made several pleas to the public, conducted several searches of the area where his truck was found, and they have completed private investigations into Marshal’s disappearance. Billboards of Marshal have been set up in B.C and Alberta, and a Facebook group that has over 13,000 members was set up in the hopes of finding Marshal.

Sadly, no new leads or tips have ever come of this.

Investigators discovered that in the weeks leading up to his disappearance, Marshal had been placed on academic probation at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, where he was studying computer studies, and that he had later dropped out of the class. Marshal had also let his mobile phone plan expire.

Marshal’s family did not know about either of those things.

This led investigators to suspect that Marshal may have been experiencing stress and personal issues in the weeks leading up to his disappearance, and because of those factors, he may have decided to end his own life.

Marshal Iwaasa. Credit: Calgary Sun

However, Marshal’s sister doesn’t believe that is the case. Speaking to CBC, Paige said that Marshal had never had any suicidal ideation, or any previous suicide or self-harm attempts. She also said that if Marshal had driven his truck up the remote road and decided to end his life in that area, they would have found his body in the searches that they conducted.

Marshal’s family have started a petition asking the Lethbridge Police Service (LPS) to change Marshal’s case from a missing person to a criminal investigation. The reason they want the police to change the status of Marshal’s case is that if it were classified as a criminal investigation it would allow investigators to have a deeper look into Marshal’s activities beyond where he was last seen. It would also allow them access to Marshal’s mobile phone and bank records, as well as be able to request DNA testing on the items that were found scattered around Marshal’s truck.

Despite the petition reaching over 5,000 signatures, the Lethbridge police say that they have no evidence to support changing the status of Marshal’s case to criminal and that although they are treating Marshal’s disappearance as suspicious, there is no credible information to suggest that Marshal was a victim of foul play or any criminal activity.

Not having those answers has been so difficult to live with, and so us as a family, I know no one is willing to stop until we do have those answers.” – Paige Fogen, Marshal’s sister.

You can sign the petition for Marshal’s case to be reassigned to a criminal case here.

Will Marshal ever be found?

Marshal Iwaasa. Credit: The Vanished Podcast – Podtail

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Unsolved, Missing, Missing Person, Alberta, British Columbia, 2019, Canada, Unsolved Case, True Crime, Mystery, Strange, Marshal Iwaasa

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