Crews have suspended the search in Stanley Park today for a missing Metro Vancouver mom who may be suffering from post-partum depression.
NSR's Peter Haigh has just told Florence Leung's father Gordon the search at Stanley Park is now suspended pic.twitter.com/aXZIFEz8K0
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North Shore Rescue (NSR) says they’ve searched everywhere they can, but they are leaving the option to resume if more information becomes available.
“Any clue at all we get we’ll certainly be right back out again, but at the moment, with our manpower and with the area, likely areas we believe we have really thoroughly covered them,” said NSR manager Peter Haigh.
NSR and New Westminster police were at the park from 7 p.m. to about midnight last night, after after Florence Leung’s vehicle was found near Prospect Point.
“That was a spot that Florence liked to go, it was very calming for her, and she enjoyed the view,” says Team Leader Mike Danks.
Haigh says aside from a some ambiguous tracks, they’ve found little trace.
“We have found some prints of perhaps shoes but the family are not aware of the sole pattern of the shoes, so it’s hard to identify those.”
Danks adds crews are still hopeful for a positive outcome.
“Hopefully she’s found shelter somewhere and she’s sitting tight there, but again at this point we’re not sure.”
He says they’re asking Stanley Park trail users to keep their eyes out, but to stay on the trails and leave the rough terrain to search crews.
The new mother of a two-month-old boy has been missing since Tuesday morning.
Leung was last seen leaving her home near 15th and London Streets in New Westminster in her white Audi Q5.
She is described as Chinese, approximately 5’6” tall, with a slim build, long black hair and black eyes.
Family and Friends anxious
Leung’s family and friends are also holding out hope she’s hiding out somewhere in Stanley Park.
Her father and other family members have joined the search this afternoon, undeterred by the weather.
Friend Denny Fok says he’s known Leung for six years and she’s always been a happy go lucky person but after having a baby boy about two-and-a-half months ago, she began to change.
“She is a happy person and it’s this postpartum depression that make all this mess and it’s just so sudden, things happened so suddenly I guess we were caught off guard.”
Fok says at least 30 people are searching for Leung in Stanley Park and over on the North Shore into West Van.
“We started to search about like 3 p.m. yesterday, so some people started early some people started later and me and her brother ended the latest which ended this morning.”
Fok says his gut feeling is that Leung is in Stanley Park, but his search has also taken him to Dundarave in West Vancouver.