British Columbia

73-year-old mushroom picker missing near Nanaimo

A search has been launched for a 73 year-old-Nanaimo woman who failed to return home Sunday from mushroom picking.

The search for Bertha Hanson is focused 5 km west of the Nanaimo Airport where her car was found

Nanaimo's Bertha Hanson, 73, did not return from a mushroom picking expedition Sunday. Searchers are concentrating on an area near Timberlands Road and Ninatti Road, west of the Nanaimo Airport. (Nanaimo RCMP)

A search has been launched for a 73-year-old Nanaimo woman who failed to return home Sunday from mushroom picking. 

Bertha Hanson's vehicle was found in a remote area west of the Nanaimo airport, near Timberlands Road and Ninatti Road.

Search and rescue crews, an RCMP helicopter and a canine team are involved in the effort.

Hanson has no known medical conditions, but is not believed to be dressed for an extended stay in the wilderness. 

No clothing description is available for Hanson, but she carries a camera in a red Molson Canadian cooler bag. 

Ladysmith RCMP have taken over the file.