Is he on the run because of financial mismanagement?
That’s the question being asked in Victoria with the news that former Olympic rowing star Harold Backer has disappeared.
On Monday, Victoria Police put out a public appeal for help in finding the 52-year-old, who was last seen last Tuesday getting on the Coho ferry from Victoria to Port Angeles.
Now comes word that the Victoria Times-Colonist newspaper has talked to some of Backer’s clients – he is a mutual fund salesman – and they’ve told the paper it looks as though they may have lost a lot of money due to his actions.
CKNW has learned he was under “close supervision” as a mutual fund dealer with Investia Financial in B.C. and Ontario.
Port Angeles Deputy Police Chief Brian Smith says he is aware of the allegations.
“I’ve heard those statements, that you know, an adult is free to not want to be found.”
None the less, authorities on both sides of the border continue to search for him.
A Facebook page has also been set up, as friends and family co-ordinate their own searches in Washington State.
Backer was part of the Canadian rowing team in the 1984, 1988, and 1992 Olympics.