A pair of missing Langford teens have been located and were returned home safely on Monday afternoon after they were reported missing.
The duo of Dylan Deroy (18) and Jordan Phillion (15) had set out on a day trip to the Lake Cowichan area on Sunday, but didn’t return home when they were expected.
Search and rescue crews were deployed and an RCMP helicopter was able to locate the two teens on the back roads around the Copper Canyon area of Chemainus.
According to the RCMP, the teens’ vehicle – a 1996 GMC Sonoma pick-up truck – broke down in a remote area, which left the two stranded.
“The boys are safe and returning home to their families in Langford,” said Cpl. Chris Dovell of the West Shore RCMP in a release Monday. “Thank you to all the first responders, search and rescue personnel and community members for your hard work to help locate them.”
West Shore RCMP and Lake Cowichan RCMP are searching for two missing teenage boys who didn’t return home after a trip to the Lake Cowichan area on Sunday.
In a police report issued on Monday, RCMP released that they are looking for Dylan Deroy (18 years old) and Jordan Phillion (15 years old) – both teenagers from Lanford.
According to the report, the two boys left for a day trip to the Lake Cowichan/Duncan area on July 5. So far, the investigation has determined that Deroy’s cell phone was used at 11:34 a.m. near the 300-block of Gibbins Rd, North Cowichan. No cell phone activity has been traced since.
It is believed by the boys’ families and RCMP that Deroy and Phillion may have been travelling on back roads around the Youbou area. It is also believed the two were driving Deroy’s white 1996 GMC Sonoma pickup truck and were not prepared to camp overnight.
Police have said the truck’s license plate is PD3539.
Lake Cowichan RCMP has deployed local Search and Rescue teams and an RCMP helicopter will be conducting aerial surveys of the area.
“Police are concerned for the well being of Dylan Deroy and Jordan Phillion. Anyone with information on their whereabouts or have observed a white GMC Sonoma are urged to contact their local police immediately or call 911,” reads the police report.