The search for an experienced hiker who disappeared has ended with a tragic discovery.
The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) announced at 2:40 p.m. today (September 15) that 52-year-old Andriy Fendrikov, who was last seen in Manning Park on September 13, has been found dead near Snass Mountain.
“This is a tragic ending, and certainly not the outcome we had hoped for,” VPD spokesperson Sgt. Steve Addison stated in a news release. “Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Andriy Fendrikov, and we’re thankful to everyone who assisted in the search.”
The VPD stated that it led the investigation because, at the time of his disappearance, the last place he had previously been seen was in Vancouver (before confirmation he was seen in Manning Park).
Efforts are being increased to locate an experienced hiker who has gone missing.
The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) stated today (September 15) that 52-year-old Andriy Fendrikov was reported missing earlier this week when he didn’t show up for work, which is out of character for him.
According to the VPD, Fendrikov is an avid hiker with “significant backcountry experience”.
The VPD stated that police originally believed that he may have hiked into the Elaho Valley near Squamish but he has since been confirmed last seen in Manning Park on September 13.
VPD spokesperson Sgt. Steve Addison stated that investigators confirmed Fendrikov spoke with a hiker on a trail near Sanss Mountain on the afternoon of September 13, and he may still be in that area.
“We are growing increasingly worried about Mr. Fendrikov, and we’re concerned he may be lost or injured and in need of rescue,” Addison explained. “We are working with the RCMP and search and rescue to send people to the area, and we’re asking anyone venturing into the backcountry to keep an eye out for him.”
Fendrikov is described as a white male who is about 173 centimetres (five-feet, eight-inches) tall, and weighs 75 kilograms (165 pounds).
He was last seen wearing a hat, shorts, and a thin windbreaker that was possibly blue.
Anyone who sees him is asked to call 911 immediately and remain with him until help arrives.