An empty place is reserved at the table whenever members of the Koshman family get together.
Just over a year ago, on Oct. 10, 2008, then 21-year-old Dylan Koshman walked out of the Edmonton home he shared with two cousins.
Other than finding his wallet in a nearby bush, Dylan’s family and friends haven’t seen a trace of him since, says his sister Tara Koshman.
Tara, 28, had given Dylan a place in her Red Deer home for a few months before he moved on to Edmonton to pursue an apprenticeship in pipefitting.
Police, family members and friends launched an intensive search after Dylan’s girlfriend, Erin Huff, became worried that he hadn’t returned home after a dispute with his cousins.
Tara created a Facebook page, Pattison Signs donated time on billboards in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Regina and Calgary and Child Find put Dylan’s face among the missing people on its dynamic billboard in Regina. The Pattison signs stayed up for about six weeks and the Regina sign includes Dylan’s image.
There have been some tips but none have netted any results so far, Tara said on Tuesday.
“We were just up in Edmonton marking the one-year anniversary of the day he went missing and we held a vigil at the site of the last sighting of Dylan. “The police did a media release on Friday stating that they need the media’s help because, unfortunately, they have nowhere to go either,” she said.
Tara said her family will never stop looking for Dylan.
“We’re hoping we can get some closure, whether it’s sad or good circumstances. We just want him home, no matter what.”
Dylan is described as 1.75 metres tall (five feet, nine inches) and weighed about 86 kg (190 pounds) at the time of his disappearance. He has short brown hair, a bright white smile and a distinctive scar that looks like a deep dimple on his left cheek.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567.