Search suspended for hiker missing in Coquitlam

Aug 31 2020, 11:02 am

After seven days of searching, Coquitlam RCMP and Coquitlam Search and Rescue (SAR) have made the “difficult” decision to suspend the physical search for missing hiker Ali Naderi.

“The expert SAR volunteers from Coquitlam, and their colleagues from other search teams, have scoured every nearby trail and checked potential off-trail locations,” said Coquitlam RCMP Cpl. Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP.

“[But] given the timeframe that Naderi has been gone, his lack of supplies, and the vast backcountry where he went missing, it doesn’t make sense to continue searching and potentially put our SAR teams at risk”, he added.

Naderi went missing on the trails near Coquitlam’s Eagle Mountain on August 23, 2020.

He is described as a 52-year-old Persian man, with black, salt and pepper hair that curls over his ears, and brown eyes, standing 178 cm (5’10″) and weighing 80 kg (176 lb).

Police said he was last seen wearing dark-coloured shorts, a dark-coloured, lightweight hiking jacket, and carrying hiking poles.

Anyone who may have seen Naderi or has information about his whereabouts is still asked to call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number at 604-945-1550 and quote file number 2020-22677.

Despite the search being suspended, Coquitlam RCMP said the investigation “will stay open until Naderi is found.”

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