Strange that the dog is missing as well. They don’t mention whether the coffee cup was disposable or ceramic and whether it was found placed or dropped.
No sign of the dog – you would think the dog would react if searchers got close to where they were…etc…
Strange indeed. Does anyone know if he had a history of depression?
I have no idea if the dog was depressed or not.
Oh, you mean…the missing hiker depressed enough to do away with both himself and his dog? Perhaps. Strange though.
“…On Thursday, when about 115 people searched, more than half were untrained civilians. …” This seems to be a recurring problem in many searches both in Canada and in the USA. Volunteers clearly are needed but they may be more enthusiastic than helpful. Continuity of training and insurance is lacking. Time is wasted with minunderstood procedures and people unfamiliar with the exact area.
It seems that the dog was not missing.
Also there was what was viewed as a ‘final push’ scheduled as a final attempt to search the area intensively.
Final attempt a failure.
Many searchers were unable to continue past the midday heat. Some search groups were unable to proceed into heavily logged areas due to danger.
Off duty volunteers from the military and experienced Wilderness Watch volunteers continued searching all day but with no success.
No body has been found. No homicide investigation is underway.
Not trying to be an alarmist or go off on some hair trigger without any supporting facts at all, its just that the guy is a very experienced hiker, is known to have been in one rather small area and is somewhat of an environmentalist gadfly and thorn in the side of local business interests no matter how powerful they are.
RCMP: “The missing hiker is described as being very familiar with the area, hikes often and is not known to have any health issues prior to his departure from his home.”
So how does a man get “lost” in what is described as the usual area for his morning hike? Sure its a bit rugged but its familiar to him. Yes, the searchers have to be careful, but that does not make the area dangerous for someone who hiked in it virtually every day. Logging practices may make certain slopes more dangerous to searchers but an experienced hiker should not be at some great risk of injury.
Fundamental fact is that the export of raw or virtually raw logs is profitable and that if only ‘surplus’ logs can be exported the best way to create such a surplus is to close an otherwise profitable mill irrespective of its devestating effect on the mill employees, their families and the local community. Now a great many people object to the losses of the timber industry’s small time loggers and mill workers so I see no reason to single this one missing man out other than his own actions having made him a ‘bit of a thorn’. So there is no reason to suspect foul play simply because some thorn in the side gadfly winds up missing, but the “missing in an area of his daily hike” seems more strange. Seven days a weeek he takes an afternoon hike in that area and then suddenly he gets “lost” in it? He has lived in the woods all his life, he hiked that particular area daily, he was in good health and high spirits… so suddenly he winds up missing? Sure its possible to come to grief in a very familiar area, but some things are not so likely as that.
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