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Bad weather stalls air search for missing Port Hardy man

Dec 06 2011
A search is being conducted in northern B.C. for an 81-year-old Port Hardy man who went missing last Thursday after leaving the Campbell River Hospital. William Fisher was believed to be headed home in his 1995 white Chrysler four-door sedan with B.C. plate 161 MCK, but he didn't make it and his family reported him missing the following day. (Dec. 6, 2011)  

A search is being conducted in northern B.C. for an 81-year-old Port Hardy man who went missing last Thursday after leaving the Campbell River Hospital. William Fisher was believed to be headed home in his 1995 white Chrysler four-door sedan with B.C. plate 161 MCK, but he didn't make it and his family reported him missing the following day. (Dec. 6, 2011)

Photograph by: RCMP, Handout

RCMP continued their search Monday for William Fisher, an 81 year-old Port Hardy man last seen leaving the Campbell River Hospital on Thursday.

Police believe he was heading home in his white 1995 Chrysler sedan. His family contacted RCMP Friday when Fisher did not return home as planned. They fear he made a wrong turn or crashed in a remote area.

A debit transaction was made on Fisher's bank account at a gas station in Sayward Thursday at 4: 30 p.m.

RCMP helicopters and Campbell River search and rescue officials scoured the road and surrounding ditches and logging roads between Sayward and Port Hardy throughout the weekend.

Poor weather Monday caused the air search to be called off. But the ground search expanded, with dozens of search and rescue technicians from Port Alberni, Tofino, Campbell River and the Comox Valley being called in to help.

Foul play is not suspected.

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