The tattoo with the triangle and the words "Australian Made" is on the
outside of Rooney's right calf.
The other tattoo is the size of a the bottom of a coffee mug and is on his
left shoulder blade.
Above link - RCMP re enactment video
Owen's family have created this website for him -
and also this Facebook group -
**New news report -
to find him': case of missing Owen Rooney baffles police
Georgina Robinson - SMH
November 10, 2010
Canadian police have filmed a re-enactment of the last known movements of
missing NSW man Owen Rooney, who disappeared almost three months ago.
Mr Rooney, 24, an electrician, left behind his backpack and mobile phone
when he walked away from a small hospital in Grand Forks, a city just north of
the Canadian-US border, on August 14.
Canadian mounted police and Mr Rooney's family, who live in the NSW south
coast town of Milton, have been searching for him ever since.
police released a video plea for information about Mr
Rooney, who was in Canada on a working holiday and had reportedly arrived at
hospital with two black eyes.
"The fact that Owen did have a head trauma, we are unsure of his mental
capabilities when he walked out of the hospital without his belongings," his
mother, Sharron Rooney, says on the video.
"To do that he would have had to been in some disarray of his mental
The Rooneys this week filed a complaint with Canadian health authorities
about the circumstances under which their son was released from Kootenay
Boundary Hospital, according to Canadian media reports.
told The Globe and Mail newspaper there were
"lots of questions about what the hospital did and didn't do".
"He was only two hours away from Kelowna [where he lived], where he was
living and had friends and support network," Mrs Rooney said.
"I don't know why they wouldn't have had a social worker come take him
The events leading up to Mr Rooney's visit to the hospital are as shrouded
in mystery as his disappearance.
Canadian police say one of their officers was called to Christina Lake, a
small town about 20 kilometres east of Grand Forks, where a man was "acting
"The male was identified as Owen Rooney, of Australia, and it appeared
that he had been in a fight," Corporal Richard Lanz says in the video.
"He was offered to be taken to the hospital, which he declined. He was
then taken to the bus depot in Grand Forks where he purchased a bus ticket to go
to Kelowna [200 kilometres north-west].
"Owen got on the bus and shortly thereafter got off the bus and asked
directions on how to go to the hospital
"He then left the Greyhound bus depot and went to the hospital."
Mr Rooney was last seen sitting at a picnic table outside the hospital
about 8pm that day.
It has since emerged that he had been at the Shambala music festival near
Salmo and had missed his ride back to Kelowna.
Mrs Rooney told the family's local newspaper,
the Milton Ulladulla Times, that her son
somehow found his way to Christina Lake, and was assaulted.
She said it was unusual for him to be involved in a fight.
"He was living at home 'til he was 22," Mrs Rooney said.
"In all that time, he never had a fight ever. He has a very good sense of
humour and that's just not him."
A statement from Canada's Interior Health Authority, responding to the
Rooneys's complaint, said Mr Rooney had been kept overnight for observation, the
Globe and Mail reported.
The Kootenay Boundary health region's director of acute care, Ingrid Hampf,
said patients were not restricted to their rooms.
"They can go outside or to the cafeteria; they can leave the property," Ms
"Owen did go outside a number of times on that summer day and did come
back inside. While we can recommend a patient stay at our site for observation,
we can't prevent a patient from leaving our facility – at times patients do
leave prior to discharge; while not preferred, they are free to do so.
"There are only exceptional circumstances where the hospital and
physicians can intervene, and that is, for example, if a patient has been
committed under the Mental Health Act. That was not the case here."
Mr Rooney's parents and sisters, Bree and Kelly, are in Grand Forks.
Police have conducted three ground searches and a
page has been set up to spread the word.
Bree and Kelly had been working with their brother in the Big White ski
resort in Kelowna over the northern hemisphere winter.
The siblings had reportedly gone their separate ways after the skiing
season finished. The sisters headed to Vancouver and Mr Rooney stayed in the
area, The Daily Telegraph in Sydney reported.
Mr Rooney's bank account and Facebook profile have not been touched since
Police found messages between Mr Rooney and a young woman, who lived in
Alberta, on his mobile phone. They are investigating the possiblity that he was
heading east to see her.
"The four of us are in the same mind - that we really have to find him,"
Mrs Rooney told the Globe and Mail.
"In whatever form that happens, we have to find him."
Images of missing Kelowna man's
They released a video with an appeal for more information Wednesday, now
the parents of a missing Kelowna man have released images of his tattoos.
Twenty-four year old Owen Rooney went missing on August 14th.
Ownen Rooney was last seen walking away from the hospital in Grand
Forks where he was treated for a head injury.
He was going to take a bus back to Kelowna where he was working
The tattoo with the triangle and the words "Australian Made" is on the
outside of Rooney's right calf.
The other tattoo is the size of a the bottom of a coffee mug and is on
his left shoulder blade.
Here is a link to the
RCMP website where you can view the video.
Rooney is described as 5'9" and 160 lbs with brown hair. He was last
seen wearing a dark t-shirt and 3/4 shorts.
Anyone with information on Owen Rooney's whereabouts is asked to call
the Grand Forks RCMP detachement at 250-442-8288 or Crimestoppers at
Aussie family extends search for missing son into
Owen Rooney disappears after attending B.C.'s
Shambalah Music Festival
Fresh hopes for family of missing Aussie man
16:30 AEST Sun Jan 2 2011 - nine MSN
The family of an Australian
man missing in Canada has been given fresh hope after a witness came forward
saying he had coffee with the 24-year-old weeks after he disappeared.
Owen Rooney has been missing since August 14 when he walked out of a
hospital with head injuries in the western province of British Columbia
after suffering head injuries from a fight.
He had been kicked in the head during a fight at an outdoor music
concert and reportedly was hallucinating when he left the hospital.
Canadian Len Whitney has since come forward saying he had coffee with
Rooney in September or early October at a truck stop in Edmonton, in the
adjacent province of Alberta, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Whitney contacted Rooney's family last week after seeing a picture of
the man on a missing persons poster.
He believes the man must have been the missing tourist because he
talked about working in a truck company at Lac La Biche and saving money to
get home to Australia.
Whitney said the man told him: "Things are screwed up, man. I was at a
concert. I woke up in the hospital. My head hurts. I don't know where my
stuff is. I've got a job in Lac La Biche."
According to Rooney's friends, the missing Australian was taking
hallucinogenic drugs while attending the Shambhala Music Festival — but
after his assault he spent the last two days of the event in a medical tent
and missed his ride home.
On August 14 a police officer gave him a lift to a bus depot at Grand
Forks from where he made his way to a local hospital.
He checked into the hospital but checked out again the same day.
His personal items, including his passport and credit cards, have not
been touched since his disappearance.
His mother, her husband and their daughters have spent the past few
months desperately scouring western Canada for Owen.
Family may abandon search for missing Aussie
Posted - ABC
The family of an Australian man missing in Canada for more
than six months are considering abandoning their search.
Owen Rooney walked out of a British Columbia hospital last August and has
not been seen since.
The 24-year-old ski-season worker was being treated for injuries suffered
in an assault and was hallucinating after taking drugs.
His parents and sisters from the New South Wales south coast have been in
Canada searching for him ever since.
His mother, Sharron Rooney, says they are deciding whether to return home.
"Financially we can't stay here forever and it's a huge decision to make,
to leave here will be very, very hard without Owen," she said.
The family believes he is still alive, but that hallucinogenic drugs taken
at a music festival before he went missing may be affecting his state of mind.
There have been no confirmed sightings of Mr Rooney since he disappeared.
But Ms Rooney says they have not lost hope.
"There's been ground searches and there's been helicopter searches and
there's been information that he may be here, there or somewhere else," she
"It's sort of maybe a little bit harsh to say, but usually a body turns
up, and one hasn't."
Missing Aussie 'may not know who he is'
04:00 AEST Wed Mar 9 2011 - Nine MSN
The family of Australian Owen
Rooney, missing in Canada for almost seven months, has spent a long freezing
winter roaming through small Canadian towns handing out missing person
leaflets and chasing possible sightings.
The Rooney family, which includes Owen's parents and three siblings,
is clinging to the hope the young traveller is still alive and may not know
who he is.
PHOTOS: Family's desperate search
But they also feel frustrated by "loose ends" in the investigation such as
why Owen sent about 10 text messages to his ex-girlfriend the night before
he disappeared and what made him walk out of a hospital without telling
anyone, while still recovering from head trauma, and leave behind his broken
phone and backpack.
MAP: Owen's last known movements
"The reason why we don't want to leave Canada, the reason why we're still
here," his mother Sharron said, "is because of these loose ends".
Vanished without a trace
Owen disappeared on August 14 after taking off from Boundary Hospital
in Grand Forks, a small rural town bounded by woodlands in British Columbia.
The 24-year-old Sydney electrician was not acting himself in the days
before his disappearance.
He attended a four-day music festival where drugs were freely
available and friends say he had a bad reaction to "magic mushrooms", with
the normally fun-loving, affable if quietly-spoken young traveller becoming
unsettled and paranoid.
After the festival he missed a ride back to Kelowna, a ski town where
he was living and working during the off season.
Owen tried to hitch-hike his way back but at one town he was bashed by
two people after apparently walking up to a random house a number of times
thinking that his ex-girlfriend Dawn was inside.
Ex-girlfriend's first public comment
Dawn Larson, from Edmonton in Alberta, told ninemsn she cannot recall
exactly what Owen said in the flurry of text messages he sent her that night
of August 13 but says he did not mention the assault.
"He said he thought he had insulted some sham guy and was wondering if
I knew where he was. I have no idea what he was talking about. I've never
been anywhere that way before," she said in an email to ninemsn.
The pair had remained friends and last saw each other at a sports and
music festival in Kelowna on August 1.
"It was not like him to message me the way he was. He didn't make much
sense. It didn't sound like him," Ms Larson said.
Police do not suspect Dawn is in any way involved with Owen's
Short-lived hospital stay
Owen was picked up by police the next day, August 14, and admitted to
Boundary Hospital where he was seen by a physician.
He took off sometime between 6.15pm and 7pm without telling hospital
"We haven't found any indication of which way he went," mother Sharron
said. "Did he go east or west along the highway?"
Mrs Rooney has complained that the hospital did not properly monitor
Owen's condition and that doctors should have conducted a CT scan or
toxicology test to better understand his erratic behaviour.
But British Columbia health authorities say a review of patient care
found Owen received appropriate care throughout his stay and the decision to
order a CT or any other test would have been up to the physician and based
on clinical findings.
Interior Health's vice president of acute services, Allan Sinclair,
told ninemsn: "Staff were aware of Owen and interacted with him regularly —
not only in his room but in other areas of the hospital and outside on the
grounds … Boundary Hospital is a small community hospital, so any patients
who are in a bed there would be known to nursing and other staff and receive
very personal care."
Owen had been travelling and working around British Columbia for
several months with his sisters Kelly, 26, and Bree, 23, although the girls
were on the west coast at the time Owen vanished.
The three of them were due to return to Australia last October.
Now Owen's whole family is in Canada looking for him from a base in
Penticton, just south of Kelowna.
Mother Sharron and father Steve walked away from their small
businesses in Ulladulla, on the NSW south coast, and his brother Sean, 29,
joined the search just before Christmas.
They've set up a
page and a
'Find Owen' webpage
dedicated to locating him.
"Physically and emotionally it's been very tough," said Mrs Rooney.
"We really believe that Owen probably doesn’t know who he is, like
he's in some sort of state of disconnect. So therefore our aim is to … get
as much facial coverage out there as we can."
Family still searching for Aussie in Canada
More than a year after Australian tourist Owen Rooney
disappeared from the western Canadian town of Grand Forks, his family is again
seeking the public's help in finding him.
The 24-year-old disappeared in British Columbia's interior in August last
He was last seen at the town's hospital, where he had been treated for a
head injury sustained in a fight.
He checked out of the hospital, leaving his belongings behind.
Since then, the Rooney family has devoted its time, energy and life
savings to finding him.
His parents have returned to Australia, but his two sisters stayed in
Canada working with police in the search.
At first, there was a flood of tips coming in, but police say those leads
have dried up and they have not made progress in their investigation.
They say they recently reviewed Mr Rooney's mobile telephone records, and
will again go door-to-door in the area where he was last seen.
hospital for care of missing Australian
Posted: Oct 14, 2011 12:06 PM PT Last
Updated: Oct 14, 2011 12:01 PM PT
An internal report says medical staff at Boundary Hospital in Grand Forks,
B.C., could have done more to help a young Australian man who later vanished
from the hospital.
Owen Rooney, 24, admitted himself to Boundary Hospital in August 2010
after attending Shambhala Music Festival. He had taken hallucinogenic mushrooms
at the four-day rave, and was beaten in Christina Lake on his way back home to
After an overnight stay, Rooney mysteriously left the hospital, leaving
his backpack, cell phone and wallet behind.
His family were critical of how staff at the Boundary Hospital cared for their
son, and demanded Interior Health investigate.
Interior Health has now finished an internal report into his care, which
found Rooney's treatment was generally good, but there were problems.
The report states Rooney was confused and depressed, and staff should have
called social services. It also says medical observations of Rooney were poorly
documented, and communication with his family could have been better.
Owen's mother, Sharron Rooney, says she hopes recommendations made in the
report are followed by Boundary Hospital.
She and her family searched
tirelessly across Western Canada for Owen. The entire Rooney family left
their lives in Australia and moved to Canada in hopes of finding him.
They've since given
up the search and returned home, but Sharron Rooney says the family hasn't
given up hope Owen is still alive, somewhere.
B.C. missing man
still not in RCMP database
Three years since Owen
Rooney, 24, vanished in Grand Forks
Posted: Aug 14, 2013 6:31 AM PT Last
Updated: Aug 14, 2013 9:55 PM PT
The mother of an Australian man who vanished from a hospital in Grand
Forks, B.C., three years ago wonders why her son is still not listed on the
RCMP’s national database of missing persons.
CBC News has learned
police at the rural detachment only heard last month about CanadasMissing.ca,
set up in January to assist RCMP in locating missing persons across the
'The family is asking for resolution ... nothing that anybody
can tell us will be any worse than what we've imagined.'—Sharron
Sharron Rooney says she is upset to discover her son Owen Rooney's
file is missing.
"Is it up to us to make sure it's on all the government authorities?
Gee, it would be good to have some help with that," Rooney said.
When CanadasMissing.ca went live at the start of the year, the RCMP
said cases would be added to the site by request of investigators.
"We were just advised by B.C. Missing Person's section on July 24 that
this site exists, and we were given instructions on how we can get him added
to that site," said Staff Sgt. Jim Harrison, detachment commander in Grand
Harrison says the detachment is now working to translate Rooney’s file
into French — a requirement of the system — after which both versions will
be posted online.
Today marks three years since Rooney vanished.
The 24-year-old checked himself into Boundary Hospital after suffering
a bad reaction to hallucinogenic mushrooms at the Shambhala Music Festival.
He had also been beaten in nearby Christina Lake on his way back to Kelowna.
After an overnight stay, Rooney mysteriously left the hospital,
leaving his backpack, cell phone and wallet behind.
An Interior Health internal investigation showed the hospital should
have done more to help the depressed young man, like notifying social
services and calling his family.
Sharron Rooney spent eight months in B.C. trying to track him down
after he disappeared. She has since returned to Australia but is still
looking for leads.
"The family is asking for resolution," she said.
"We love Owen absolutely to the maximum. We don't care what
information it is — it can be as good as bad or — nothing that anybody can
tell us will be any worse than what we've imagined."
Rooney is described as being five feet eleven inches tall and with a
'Made In Australia' tattoo on his right leg.
Anyone with information is asked to call the RCMP.