David Hepper went for a walk Sunday afternoon but never returned.
Over 50 search and rescue personnel from 12 teams on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland have converged on Gabriola Island as efforts to find a missing man ramp up.
75 year old David Hepper went for a walk Sunday, leaving from his Wild Cherry Terrace home but did not return.
“He left his home, he indicated to his wife he was going for a walk in the region. He’s an avid walker. He’s in good health. He just went for a walk and unfortunately either got lost or hasn’t made it home at this point in time” said Nanaimo Search and Rescue Manager Allen Tonn in an interview with CHEK News.
Hepper and his wife moved to Gabriola Island 18 months ago but David Hepper is said to have become quite familiar with area trails.
“Searchers have scoured several kilometres of rocky coastline by foot, boat and air. On Monday an RCMP helicopter assisted the search and today a fixed wing aircraft flew up and down the coast numerous times looking for any sign of the missing man.
Further inland, teams scoured roadside ditches, wooded and grassy areas, any place where Hepper might have fallen or be hidden from passing vehicles.
Clear, warm weather is aiding the search.
“Skies are clear and hopefully we’ll get a window of good weather so we can really go at it hard today” said Brent Calkin from Lions Bay Search and Rescue as he prepared his equipment at the Gabiola Fire Hall which is serving as search headquarters.
“Being on an island you don’t think about it until you start looking, there are large, large areas on Gabriola Island that are unpopulated” added Tonn.
Anyone who has seen David Hepper is asked to call the Gabiola RCMP at 911 immediately.