General News · 22nd February 2020
There is a volunteer grid search organized for February 24th at 1pm
The search is going to be in a little bit of harder to get to area. We will be entering off of the Powerline Rd and skirting along the edge of the clearcut. We completed the area shown on the map on February 22nd with 9 searchers and it took us nearly 3 hours. This hike tomorrow should be similar with a few big bluffs in our path. So experienced hikers would be best. The road is very narrow with no parking so if we can all meet at the intersection where the road comes into Manzanita (google maps calls the trail Manzanita as well) we can drive in in a few cars instead of all driving in.
If you are planning on coming a few things to note are that we will be going through pretty ruff terrain and over some bluffs so if you are not comfortable moving through these types of landscapes this might not be the hike for you. I will post about the difficulty of the hike each day so just wait for a more open one. Whoever can make it please bring warm clothing, proper footwear, water, a whistle (and any extra whistles you can lend us), small first aid kits, high visibility clothing if you have it and a phone or camera.
Thank you so much it has been great to get out there and search carefully in all of these places that have been on my mind and cross them off the list.
Thank you Cortes!
We are planning to put out a location of our community grid search the day before the search each day and we are going to try and meet there at 1pm.
It helps if everyone who comes is comfortable moving through the forest off of trails as we will be doing a grid through underbrush sometimes encountering bluffs, fallen trees and little streams.
You can call our new contact number
(778) 348-3603 (Campbell River local) and listen to the message to find out where we are focusing our search each day and the time and exact location of the group grid search. Leave a message if you would like us to call back or if you are letting us know a place that you have searched. You can also email findmilesmeestergmail.com
We are still searching for Miles he has been missing since the evening of February 6th. We are sick with worry with the cold weather and the amount of days and nights that have passed. We are still hopeful that with Miles limited bush knowledge that he was able to find some place to stay out of the elements and that he is out there waiting for us to find him!
We had drones doing a grid search of the area where his last clothing was found on February 19th and 20th and today we continued with smaller drones that can fly under the tree canopy and see closer to the ground. We realize that we have a much higher chance of finding Miles on the ground with dog teams, we are in contact with them and waiting to find out when they will arrive. Everyday we have been scouring every inch of the forest waiting to find him around every corner.
We decided that the next phase of our searching will include grid searches. We have had many many community volunteers walking every trail on the island over and over and many many residents searching their properties and outbuildings on a daily basis. We are so appreciative of everyone that can continue in this effort. We spread a wide net over the Island and every person here has been so helpful and supportive. Many have been out practically every daylight hour using their knowledge of the landscape to tirelessly search every place they can think of.
This astounding community has held and supported us so gracefully through this trying, painful and stressful time we are in your debt and so thankful!