The search for a hiker who’s been missing since Halloween has been called off, North Shore Rescue has announced.
Carl Couture, a 24-year-old who had recently moved to Vancouver from Eastern Canada, was last seen at his residence in the area of Haro Street and Thurlow Street in downtown Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood.
At the time, Vancouver Police said Couture’s “lack of communication is out of character and a cause for concern.”
The following weekend, North Shore Rescue initiated a search for a missing hiker in the Haines Valley area, located in the Grouse Mountain backcountry, which they later confirmed was Couture.
A steady stream of search days for Couture followed, right up until this past week, with no luck, sightings, or further clues as to his whereabouts.
NSR tweeted about the ongoing effort on November 28.
NSR crews, Metro Van Parks, and Talon Helicopters were out searching again today for missing hiker Carl Couture… https://t.co/1TA5Jzlo1M
— North Shore Rescue (@NSRescue) November 29, 2017
Then on Monday, North Shore Rescue’s Mike Danks confirmed to that the search had been called off, “pending further information or located items.”
Danks told Daily Hive that NSR has “put in well over 1,600 hours” looking for Couture thus far, and said the situation was “frustrating.”
Members of NSR, he added, “want nothing more than to provide closure for the Couture family.”
Couture is described as Caucasian, 6’2″ tall, 165 lbs., with short blonde hair and brown eyes. He is also known to wear glasses.
Anyone who sees Couture or has information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the VPD at 604-717-3321.