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UPDATED: Search suspended for overdue boater in Duncan Lake area

RCMP Underwater Recovery Team, along with Kaslo RCMP boat crew assisted in the search for the missing Lardeau man who failed to return from a canoe trip on Duncan Lake. — Screenshot photo

RCMP said the search for a missing Lardeau resident last seen prior to venturing out on a canoe excursion on Duncan Lake in the North Kootenay region has been suspended.

RCMP said in a media release Sunday the going search for 58-year-old Thomas Schreiber, continued on Saturday, September 19, both on land and in the water.

RCMP said members of the Underwater Recovery Team, along with Kaslo RCMP boat crew searched Duncan Lake with negative results.

“Despite extensive efforts, the search has now been suspended,” RCMP said.

The 58-year-old Schreiber was was last seen wearing a pair of dark grey shorts, and a light grey t-shirt.

Duncan Lake is approximately 130 kilometers north of Nelson, on Highway 3A to Balfour and onto Highway 31.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Thomas Schreiber or his disappearance is urged to contact their local police, the Kaslo RCMP at 250-353-2225 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Thomas Schreiber of Lardeau BC

RCMP search Duncan Lake after Lardeau man failed to return from canoe trip

Kaslo RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing Lardeau resident, who failed to return following a planned canoe trip on Duncan Lake.

RCMP said Thomas Schrieber was last seen by family on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 around lunchtime.

Kaslo RCMP was notified the morning of Wednesday, September 16, after Schrieber failed to return as planned.

“An investigation into Schrieber’s disappearance was immediately launched and led to the discovery of his white GMC Sierra pickup truck parked at the Howser boat launch, with no canoe,” the RCMP media release said.

“Kaslo RCMP called for the assistance of Kaslo Search and Rescue who initiated a search both on the water and from the air. Search and rescue personnel located an unoccupied canoe, believed to belong to Thomas Schrieber, in the water on the northeast side of the lake.”

Police, who are very concerned for Schrieber’s health and well-being, continue to search the surrounding area.

Description of Thomas Schrieber:

  • Caucasian male;
  • 58 years;
  • 6 ft 2 in (188 cm);
  • 196 lbs (89 kg);
  • brown hair;
  • hazel eyes;

RCMP said Schrieber was last seen wearing a pair of dark grey shorts, and a light grey t-shirt.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Thomas Schrieber or his disappearance is urged to contact their local police, the Kaslo RCMP at 250-353-2225 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.