Langley scoured for missing man

A young Walnut Grove man has not been seen since Feb. 24 and a ground search is underway in the Derby Reach area.

Late on March 1, the Langley RCMP issued a missing person’s report on Nicholas Hannon, 19. The search started early March 2.

He was last seen last Monday by his father.

“Police received the report of his absence in the evening of Feb. 27 when Nicholas’ vehicle was located abandoned at a dead end of McKinnon Crescent,” said Langley RCMP Cpl. Holly Marks.

The car is believed to have been there since at least 7:30 that morning. Nicholas spoke to his father on Feb. 25.

He is described as Caucasian, 5’9”, slim build, with very short dark brown hair.

A search started at first light Sunday in the high-risk zone (the area around where the man’s vehicle was found). As well, searchers are approaching homeowners to see if SAR can search their properties and see if the residents can offer any assistance and keep watch for anything out of the ordinary.

Authorities waited until daylight “because we are in this area, there’s a lot of potential hazards,” said Langley RCMP Sgt. Tom James. Snow covered the area which is also quite boggy.

There are more than 30 people taking part from Central Valley Search and Rescue Society, the RCMP and auxiliary RCMP.

SAR, a non-profit organization of volunteers, has almost two dozen people taking part. As well about six from Metro Vancouver Parks are assisting.

Despite the weather and this being the day of the Heritage Classic and the Oscars, Derby Reach Regional Park was still attracting many users. The search command centre is set up in the park.

If people information about Hannon that may help locate him, they are asked to contact the RCMP detachment at 604-532-3200.

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