A missing mushroom picker has been located safe and sound, reports Sgt. Jim Fenske of the Boundary Regional RCMP:
On June 21 at approximately 7:00 p.m. the Grand Forks RCMP were contacted by two concerned males who advised that a fellow mushroom picker had not returned to a pre-arranged meeting spot located about 80 km north of Grand Forks in the Tenderloin Mountain Area. The missing picker, a 36 year old male out of Ashcroft BC, was 5 hours overdue and could not be located.
The Grand Forks RCMP activated the local Search and Rescue group, who attended the area and conducted vehicle patrols of the logging roads. A ground search of the area could not be conducted due to darkness.
On June 22 at 8:00 a.m. the Grand Forks RCMP, A RCMP helicopter based out of Kamloops, and Castlegar Search and Rescue attended the area where the missing person was last seen. At approximately 11:00 a.m. the missing mushroom picker was located safe and sound, but a little hungry. The male was given a ride to a Grand Forks hotel by local RCMP.
The Grand Forks RCMP would like to thank the Grand Forks Search and Rescue, Castlegar Search and Rescue and RCMP Air Services for their assistance.
Sgt. Jim FENSKE
Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, Boundary Regional RCMP