NEWS RELEASE · 24th September 2011
On Thursday, 2011-09-22 at 23:30 hours RCMP received an inquiry from an associate of two persons [a 46 year old female and a 56 year old male who has medical issues] from New Hazelton that were believed to have gone off mushroom picking at 1325 hours on 2011-09-22 in the area and had not returned. The exact location where these persons went mushroom picking was unknown.
Police immediately began conducting inquiries for these persons. Police Dog Service and Search & Rescue were called upon to address this occurrence.
Late Friday afternoon, the female walked out of the bush onto a forest service road approximately 60 km north of Hazelton. Subsequently, she encountered a motorist and was later transported to hospital by ambulance. The female appeared to have severe hypothermia and was admitted to hospital in Hazelton where she is currently recovering. The general location where these mushroom pickers had been was determined. This was of assistance to emergency services in directing their efforts. At 2015 hours approximately active search was concluded due to darkness.
At first light this morning an active search resumed for the 56 year old male in a remote area north of Hazelton.
At approximately noon the missing male was located deceased in the bush 60 km north of Hazelton by Bulkey Valley Search and Rescue and Members of the New Hazelton RCMP Detachment
Notification of next of kin has been conducted, name of deceased is not being released at this time.
Matter has been turned over to the Coroner Service.