British Columbia

Police search for hiker missing in B.C. Interior

Police, along with search and rescue crews, are looking for an experienced hiker who is five days overdue in B.C.'s Interior.

Police, along with search and rescue crews, are looking for an experienced hiker who is five days overdue in B.C.'s Interior.

Darcy Turner, 55, who is of Métis descent, went on a vision quest into the Stein Valley Park on June 4, RCMP said.

He was expected to hike three days in, set up camp for several days, and hike out, police said.  He was to be picked up on June 19 but failed to return.

"Police volunteer search and rescue and the Lytton First Nation have been searching for him by helicopter and foot," said RCMP Const. Daniel Schenkeveld.

"We have located footprints that match his shoes to the best of our knowledge and we are still searching for him actively. We're just asking that anyone that may have had contact with him recently or might know his whereabouts might reach us."

Schenkeveld said it's believed Turner may have changed his plans suddenly without notifying friends or family.

Turner, he said, is known to friends as a private person "who sometimes goes on sudden journeys."

"It is possible that he is no longer in the [Stein Valley] Park and may have concluded his trip in that area. With that in mind, we ask that if anyone has had contact with Mr. Turner since June 20, that they contact their local police services or the Lytton RCMP."

Turner is described as being physically fit and in good health.

He is about five feet eleven inches tall, weighs about 200 pounds and has shoulder-length grey hair that is thinning at the crown. He is expected to be unshaven.

He may be wearing a blue and black jacket, an orange T-shirt and khaki pants. He frequently wears a green or turquoise hat and may be in possession of a blue backpack with a sleeping bag attached and a small blue tarp.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lytton RCMP at 250-455-2225.

Corrections

  • A previous version of this story cited a RCMP release that incorrectly identified the missing person.
    Oct 11, 2013 12:45 AM PT