The search for 43-year-old Roy Lee and 64-year-old Chun Lam has been called off.
The pair had gone for a snowshoe hike on Christmas Day in the Strachan Meadows area of Cypress Mountain and had not been seen since.
“We’ve reviewed the matter with North Shore rescue in terms of the search objectives, and the prospect of a successful outcome or locating the individuals through further search, and we have to balance that against the risks that are undertaken by the search volunteers,” says Constable Jeff Palmer with West Vancouver police.
#WVPDCommunications-Active search operations for 2 snowshoers missing on Cypress Mountain are being stood down. Details pending wvpd.ca.
— West Vancouver PD (@WestVanPolice) December 31, 2016
He says missing person file remains open for the pair but the search will not resume unless new information arises.
“We understand this will be extremely difficult news for the family.”
North Shore Rescue and West Vancouver Police made the decision to turn a rescue mission into a recovery effort this afternoon.