Vancouver police say the search for Jordan Naterer, believed to be missing on a hike in Manning Park, resumed Thursday.
Const. Tania Visintin, a spokeswoman for the Vancouver Police Department, confirmed that the weather has made it safe for experts to search an area that was previously searched using a drone.
Missing Person Jordan Naterer Update: Anyone with information about Jordan is asked to call our dedicated tip line at 604-717-2530. The weather today has made it safe for experts to re-search an area that was previously searched using a drone. https://t.co/xHtRWC4gy7 pic.twitter.com/FGqkRNZuUk
— Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD) October 22, 2020
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau weighed in on the search for the missing software developer, saying he would see if there was anything he could do, according to a CBC report. Trudeau said he understands what it felt like when the search was called off for his brother Michel, who was killed by an avalanche in B.C.’s backcountry in 1998.
Naterer was last seen at 7 a.m. on Oct. 10 leaving his downtown Vancouver apartment at Seymour and Nelson streets, according to police.
His black 2016 Honda Civic was found at the Frosty Mountain Trailhead by the Lightning Lake day-use area. He is described by police as Caucasian, with fair skin, 5-foot-10, with a slim build and short brown hair. He was last seen wearing black pants and white running shoes. He was carrying a large green backpack.
Naterer was expected to be at a Thanksgiving dinner Monday evening and didn’t attend. Those close to him are deeply concerned as his absence is out of character.
According to a petition to resume the search, Naterer is a recent graduate of the University of B.C.
He recently told his sister and some friends in Vancouver that he planned to do a solo hike over the weekend but didn’t leave a trip plan.
On Oct. 17, the family was informed by Vancouver police and a search-and-rescue team that they had exhausted all avenues and made the difficult decision to suspend the search, according to the petition.
Early in the search, crews found a bag that authorities didn’t think belonged to Naterer. But then, on Oct. 18, Jordan’s mother, Josie, identified the contents of the bag as belonging to her son.
The family has appealed to police and search-and-rescue teams to resume the search.
On Wednesday, during a virtual town-hall meeting for Memorial University of Newfoundland, a colleague of Naterer’s father, Greg, who is the dean of the faculty of engineering and applied science at the university, asked the PM if there was anything he could do to get the search going again, according to a CBC report .
Trudeau said he would have little influence, even as the PM, for a local undertaking, the CBC reported.
“But I can certainly ask about it and try to see if there isn’t something that I can nudge a little bit,” Trudeau said.
Princeton Ground Search and Rescue said on Facebook Thursday that it was resuming the search for Naterer at the request of the VPD.
Meantime, detectives with the VPD’s missing persons unit have assigned a team commander to the case.
Police say a physical search of Manning Park was initiated the day Naterer was reported missing. The search over five days was “extensive and exhaustive, with thousands of search hours accumulated,” said Visintin.
Visintin said the search has involved multiple agencies, three helicopters, seven teams of search-and-rescue experts, and Naterer’s family and friends.
“However, the search in Manning Park has not yielded any results,” she said.
Investigators have set up a new dedicated tip line for leads on Naterer’s disappearance. People with information are asked to call 604-717-2530.
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