Hunt for hiker resumes

The search for a missing hiker in Vancouver's North Shore was revitalized Sunday.

Carl Couture went missing on Oct. 31 after recently moving to Vancouver from Quebec. He was believed to be in the Hanes Valley area.

Three weeks after the initial search was suspended, search crews took back to the air after a window of good weather opened up.

"Ever since Carl has gone missing, the weather hasn't co-operated really well for us," Mike Danks, North Shore Rescue team leader, told CTV News. "This was an opportunity on a weekend when we could get more people out into the field."

Couture was last seen on surveillance footage at the Grouse Mountain chalet heading towards the Hanes Valley trail.

A massive dump of snow blanketed the mountains just days after he went missing.

While it's highly unlikely Couture is still alive, the rescue crews have now started the search back up to give Couture's family closure, after receiving a report of “an odour” near the Hanes Valley trail.

Searchers have found a debris pile across the trail near where the odour was reported, but found no sign of Couture.

Danks estimates his crews have spent a total of over 1,500 hours searching for the missing man. 

– with files from CTV Vancouver

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