General News · 13th February 2020
Cpl. Sean Bulford
Miles Meester - High Risk Missing Person
On the night of February 6th your local RCMP responded to a call that Miles Meester, who lives in the Mansons Landing area, was suffering from a mental health crisis. Miles departed his home on foot just prior to members arriving. Extensive patrols were made that evening without any success in locating him. This was and remains a huge concern, as Miles was not appropriately dressed for the weather, has minimal outdoor skills and experience, and according to witnesses was in a state of confusion.
The following morning Campbell River Ground Search and Rescue was activated and over the course of the weekend, extensive grid searches were conducted in the surrounding areas. No further trace of Miles was found to indicate his whereabouts. BC Ferries was notified and RCMP followed up on many tips. No substantial evidence has been found to indicate Miles departed Cortes Island.
On February 10th, close to sundown, a jacket believed to be worn by Miles was located in a ditch along Bartholomew Rd, near Cortes Bay. Search and Rescue attended again the following day with RCMP Police Dog Services, conducting a thorough grid search of the surrounding forest and properties. Another article of clothing, possibly related to Miles was located along Manzanita Rd.
As of today, February 13th, RCMP, Cortes Fire Department, and Search and Rescue are continuing to search with efforts focussed on the area of Cortes Bay to Tiber Bay. Many local volunteers are also aiding in the search, with efforts being coordinated out of the Manson's Hall.
This is a serious situation. Miles does not have a history of running away, and it is believed he is lost.
The RCMP would like to express our appreciation for all of the volunteers that have given their time and energy to this search effort. We would like to remind people to check their properties and outbuildings, or make note of anything unusual around properties that should be vacant at this time of year. If you have any information, please contact the RCMP at 250-285-3631. If this is outside of business hours, please stay on the line and speak with an operator at our Communication Centre and they will generate a tip for members to follow up on.