Updated: Missing Vancouver senior with brain injury found deceased in Burnaby

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      Update (February 14):

      Burnaby RCMP announced in a news release that 68-year-old Thomas Tremblay of Vancouver, who was reported missing on February 12, was located deceased around 11 a.m. in a “remote location” of Byrne Creek Ravine Park.

      “Our initial investigation has led us to believe that Mr. Tremblay succumbed to the cold weather,” Burnaby RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Brett Cunningham stated. 

      Volunteers of Coquitlam Search and Rescue; the North Shore Search and Rescue helicopter; Vancouver police; Burnaby and Vancouver residents; and others all participated in a search for Tremblay.

      Burnaby RCMP thanked the efforts of two Burnaby residents, Luna and Greg Hennessey, who took it upon themselves to help with the search and led police to Tremblay.

      Original article (February 13):

      For a second time, Vancouver police are asking for help in locating a senior with a brain injury who disappeared on Friday.

      The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) stated that 68-year-old Thomas Tremblay left from his home near Fraser Street and East 53rd Avenue around 12:30 p.m. on February 12.

      When he left, he told his caregiver he was going out for a walk. However, he didn’t return by dinnertime, when he was expected to.

      Investigators believe he used his Compass card for transit around 1 p.m. at Edmonds Station in Burnaby. He may have been heading to Byrne Creek Park in South Burnaby.

      Officers conducted searches for Tremblay yesterday evening and into the night but were unable to find him.

      Although the VPD issued a news release about his disappearance yesterday, VPD spokesperson Sgt. Steve Addison stated in second news release today asking for assistance from citizens that they are in a "race against time" to locate him due to the snowfall and temperatures below freezing.

      “We are extremely concerned for the welfare of Thomas Tremblay, and we’re asking anyone lives in the South Burnaby area to check their yards, sheds, or any unlocked vehicles to see if he sought shelter from the freezing cold,” Sgt. Addison stated.

      Tremblay likely spent the night in sub-freezing cold.

      He is described as a white male with a medium build and short grey hair who is 173 centimetres (five feet, eight inches) tall.

      He walks with a cane and was last seen wearing a black toque, a blue face mask, a green Taiga jacket, dark blue rain pants, and Columbia boots.

      Anyone who locates him is asked to call 911 immediately and remain with him until first responders arrive.

      Thomas Tremblay
      Vancouver Police Department

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