While some missing-person cases remain unsolved mysteries, and others end with tragic discoveries, two recent cases ended with missing individuals being located and rescued.
In one case, an elderly couple was found on a forest road on Vancouver Island while in a separate case, a hiker who had been missing for about two weeks was spotted by a firefighting helicopter.
RCMP received a report about an overdue hiker, 33-year-old Daniel Ring, who had been dropped off on July 7 at the Elfin Lakes trailhead in Garibaldi Provincial Park.
He had planned to camp at Rampart Ponds Campground, and had supplies for a few days, but he failed to show up at his pickup site two days later.
Consequently, a search was launched for him on July 9.
Then on July 22, Squamish RCMP stated that a Coastal Fire helicopter, responding to a report about a fire, had located the hiker in Garibaldi Provincial Park.
The hiker has since been reconnected with his family.
“Coastal Fire’s sighting brought relief to detachment members and staff in the office today,” Squamish RCMP Cpl. Angela Kermer stated in a news release. “There was literal cheer.”
In an unrelated case, two senior Victoria residents were reported missing on July 20.
Then on July 22, Lake Cowichan RCMP announced that RCMP Air Services, which was deployed in the search for the two individuals, located them.
Their vehicle had become stuck on a remote forestry road in the afternoon on July 21.