NEWS RELEASE · 18th May 2010
Mr. Engholm, the focus of an extensive air, water and ground search over the last 3 days, has been found deceased, at the scene of a single vehicle collision, off Highway 16.
Throughout yesterday, May 17th, New Hazelton and Terrace RCMP, local search and rescue crews, and family members, continued their search for 81 year old Aage Engholm of Kitwanga and Terrace, BC. Mr. Engholm was last seen at 2:30 pm on May 13th, in Kitwanga, before traveling to Terrace. At approximately 11:30 pm on May 13th, when he failed to arrive in Terrace, family reported him missing/overdue to the Terrace RCMP.
Preliminary search efforts began in the early morning hours of May 14th. At daybreak of May 14th, and throughout May 15th and 16th, an extensive aerial and ground search was conducted along Highway 16, and the Skeena River, between Kitwanga and Terrace. This area covers approximately 95 kilometers. Yesterday, the search efforts continued on the ground, and on the Skeena River. Search and rescue teams utilized boats on the Skeena, to scour the waterway and shoreline. On the ground, crews focused on the area between Coyote Creek, west towards Terrace. These ground efforts saw searchers on foot, focusing on areas of thick canopy cover, where aerial searchers were unable to view the ground.
Shortly before noon yesterday, a vehicle was found submerged in an unnamed body of water. The body of water is described as a swamp/slew area, at the base of a 50 foot embankment, approximately 5 kilometers east of Terrace, on Highway 16. The RCMP Dive Team was called to the scene, and in the early evening, confirmed the vehicle was that belonging to Mr. Engholm. Mr. Engholm was located inside the vehicle, deceased.
The Terrace RCMP continue to investigate the cause of this single vehicle collision, and ask anyone who may have observed a 2008, red colored Ford Escape traveling Highway 16, near Terrace, in the afternoon/evening hours of May 13th, to contact the Terrace RCMP at 250-638-7400.
The staff of the New Hazelton and Terrace RCMP Detachments extend their condolences to Mr. Engholm's family and friends, as they deal with their loss.
"Our thanks go out to the search and rescue crews who showed the highest level of commitment and professionalism during this search. Despite the tragic outcome, they made every effort to locate Mr. Engholm, and bring him home", states Cpl. Graham French, of the New Hazelton RCMP.