Nootka Sound RCMP and Campbell River Search and Rescue continue search for missing experienced hiker

Nootka Sound

2020-07-06 12:17 PDT

File # 2020-413

On July 3, 2020 the Nootka Sound RCMP was notified that experienced hiker, 65 year old Laurence Philippsen was overdue.

Philippsen had set out on his hike on June 29th with a planned expedition in Strathcona Park to the mountain range that included Mt. Laing, Mt Filberg, Mt Cobb and Mt. Haig-Brown, his expected return date was July 2nd.

A search was initiated immediately upon locating Mr. Philippsen’s vehicle at his planned parking spot. Mr. Philippsen is a very experienced hiker and was properly equipped for the trip that he had been planning for quite some time.

An extensive multi day air and ground search is currently underway with Campbell River Search and Rescue along with multiple other search groups in partnership with the RCMP Air Services Section, RCMP Police dog services and the Nootka Sound RCMP.

missing hiker in tshirt

Click here for a larger picture of Laurence Philippsen

Description of Laurence Philippsen

He was last seen wearing:

Laurence Philippsen also has a red tent for shelter.

RCMP are asking that if you or someone you know had any conversations with Laurence Philippsen about this particular trip that you contact Nootka Sound RCMP 250-283-2227. Any detail may help narrow the search area of this very vast mountainous area. 

Released by

Cpl. Chris Manseau

Division Media Relations Officer
BC RCMP Communication Services
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 6P3 - Mailstop #1608
Office: 778-290-3791
Cell: 250-413-7954


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