Four days after a missing hiker on Cypress Mountain was last seen, West Vancouver Police and North Shore Rescue have now suspended the search for 65-year old Debbie Blair.
North Shore Rescue Team Leader Mike Danks says a crew of over 50 people have been combing Black Mountain since Thursday to no avail.
“We’re at a point now where continuing the search is going to be duplicating areas that have already been covered multiple times.”
Danks adds the decision to suspend the search involved many factors including current weather conditions.
“Unfortunately with Debbie, she was not prepared for the conditions that we currently have been having on the mountains, the temperature below two degrees, we had sleet on the mountains yesterday.”
Danks says Blair suffers from hearing problems and possibly early Alzheimer’s.
Constable Jeff Palmer with West Vancouver Police says the search will remain suspended until new information comes to light.
Palmer says Blair’s family will be flying in from Calgary to talk to investigators.
Blair set out for a hike Thursday with a pair of groups from Carnegie Centre Thursday morning, destined for Eagle Bluff on Cypress’ Black Mountain.
She became separated from her group, and was last seen near the Donut Rock trail junction.
North Shore Rescue says the area involved includes very unforgiving terrain.
Search teams employed helicopters equipped with a heat sensing camera, and did find a set of tracks of Friday afternoon, but were not able to conclusively link them to Blair.
Blair is Caucasian, 5’4″, 130 lbs with brown/grey hair, possibly wearing hat and white pants.
Search team from across Metro Vancouver helped out, including Coquitlam, Lions Bay, Surrey and Abbotsford.
West Vancouver Police are keeping a missing person investigation open and are asking anyone who thinks they saw Debbie Blair since September 29 to call 604-925-7300.