SAR deployment comes up empty

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Spending around 12 hours in the field Saturday, Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue along with RCMP conducted specific area searches for missing hiker Sylvia Apps, but did not find any further clues.

Last week, the search for Apps, 69, was officially stood down following a decision between her family and CVGSAR.

Late last week, the decision to continue the search was made, although the team was not acting on new information.

The case remains open as a missing person with the RCMP, noted Paul Berry, information officer/SAR manager for the organization.

Apps, an experienced hiker who was last seen July 11 south on Castlecrag Mountain, began her multi-day trek July 8 at 11 a.m. from Paradise Meadows on Mount Washington.

According to Comox Valley RCMP, she was equipped with navigation and safety equipment and has previously made long treks.

She was set to return July 13 at 4 p.m. at her starting point.

Despite the efforts over the weekend and of family and friends over the past few weeks, Apps’ location remains unknown.

Early last week, CVSAR found her blue backpack which contained everything except her walking poles and her camera.

Berry said the items were found in a different area from where the backpack was located.

Berry explained the route Apps took is a very well-travelled area of Strathcona Park and added anyone with information or who may find any clues should contact Comox Valley RCMP at 250-338-1321.


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