Search continues for missing mushroom picker near Nanaimo

Search continues for missing mushroom picker near Nanaimo

WATCH:  More than 35 volunteers and search and rescue members from teams across Vancouver Island continue their search near Ladysmith Tuesday night for a missing mushroom picker. The 73-year-old woman has been missing since Sunday, but rescue crews are not giving up. They are still holding out hope she will be found safe. Kendall Hanson reports. 

Police and search crews continued to look for a missing 73-year-old mushroom picker on Tuesday near Nanaimo.

Faye Hanson was last seen at approximately 12 p.m. on Oct. 22 driving a blue 2014 Silverado. Hanson’s vehicle was found at 10:30 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Timberlands Road and Ninatti Road.

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Police said local search and rescue (SAR) crews are now being assisted by other SAR units from across Vancouver Island. A search and rescue dog is assisting in the search, along with Nanaimo RCMP Police Dog Services. Hunters in the area are being asked to be aware of the dogs.

The search is centred approximately five kilometres west of the Nanaimo airport and near where Hanson’s vehicle was found. Anyone who wants to join the search is asked to check in at the command post on Timberlands Road. People wishing to search for Hanson must be equipped for the terrain and weather. They must also have supplies and food.

RCMP also said that it has been brought to their attention that Hanson goes by the first name of Faye and not Bertha as initially reported. Anyone who sees Hanson is asked to call 911 immediately.

Faye Hanson, 73, was last seen on Oct. 22. (Nanaimo RCMP)

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