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Group of campers spend all night searching for missing friend

Missing man found safe

UPDATE 1:59 p.m.

West Kelowna RCMP tell castanet they have managed to locate 53-year-old Terry Frank Simpson of Lake Country and he is safe.

West Kelowna RCMP in coordination with Central Okanagan Search and Rescue and , RCMP Air Services and Police Dog Services managed to find Simpson.  
"The man was spotted in rough, forested terrain by our RCMP Air Services helicopter who liaised with frontline officers, Central Okanagan Search and Rescue and Police Dog Services to safely assist the man out of the area," states Cst. Solana Paré, Media Relations Officer with the Kelowna Regional RCMP.
RCMP say Simpson was only suffering from minor injuries and received medical attention on scene from Central Okanagan Search and Rescue and Emergency Health Services.

UPDATE 10:27 a.m.

West Kelowna RCMP is now on scene of a search for a missing Lake Country man.

Terry Frank Simpson was last seen August 21, 2020 just after midnight leaving a campsite in the area near Bear Lake Main Forest Service Road and Blue Grouse Mountain Road in West Kelowna and has since failed to return. 

"Officers have requested the assistance of Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR) and are utilizing a variety of police resources including air services and police dog services in the search for Terry," says Cst. Solana Paré.

Description of Terry Simpson: 

  • Caucasian male
  • 53 years old
  • 5 ft. 7 in (170 cm)
  • 159 lbs (72 kg)
  • Black hair 
  • Brown eyes

Last seen wearing dark coloured shorts, shirt and backpack

Police do not believe foul play is involved in Simpson's disappearance.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Terry Simpson is urged to contact their local police, or the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880.

ORIGINAL 9:31 a.m.

A group of campers spent the night frantically looking for one of their friends after he reportedly wandered off from the campsite off of Bear Lake Mountain Rd. in West Kelowna.

Michelle Neilson tells Castanet she last saw Terry Simpson Friday morning at 12:30 a.m., "we were waiting to get a hot dog  and when we turned around he was gone."

Neilson says Simpson has seemed depressed lately and she is very worried about his state of mind. Neilson reported the disappearance to RCMP and she indicates they have checked in with the camping group Friday morning and she says they told her they would be organizing a search.

"We went up and down the road, we've got down the creek, we've looked all over the mountainside and we can't find him anywhere."

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