The search continues for a missing Tri-City teenager who police believe could be camping out in the wilderness after getting into an argument at his family home last week.
Dwight Yochim, a search manager with Coquitlam Search and Rescue, said the types of items that the 16-year-old Dominic De La Giraudais took with him indicate he was preparing for an extended stay in the bush.
“He had a book about outdoor survival and a few knick-knacks,” he said. “He has kind of run off before and camped.”
There was no sign of him when search crews combed the length of the Coquitlam River and the forested areas north of the municipality.
A bag with several of the teen’s possessions was found close to the family’s home and searchers believe he may have intended to return and recover the stashed items.
He added that there is a possibility De La Giraudais could also be in the Stave Lake area and has been known to travel as far away as Chilliwack by bus. On Monday Mission Search and Rescue were preparing to deploy in the area to see what they could find.
Yochim said with wet, windy weather, searchers, police and the young man’s parents are concerned for his wellbeing.
“It has a potential to be problematic if he isn’t ready for it,” Yochim said. “It was a bit wet this past weekend, which of course leads to concerns. Wet and cold exacerbate everything.”
The Coquitlam RCMP said anyone with any information as to De La Giraudais’ whereabouts should contact police immediately.
They describe the missing teenager as a black male, 6’2″ tall, weighing 180 lbs with short, black hair and a light complexion. He was last seen wearing gray sweat pants, an unknown top and carrying a back pack.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 and quote file number 2013-10935. Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or go to www.solvecrime.ca.