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Elderly Port Hardy man found dead in car over embankment

Dec 07 2011

Victoria, B.C. - A man at the centre of an exhaustive four-day search over the north Island was found dead in his vehicle Tuesday, RCMP said.

William Fisher, an 81-year-old Port Hardy man, died after his white 1995 Chrysler sedan rolled down an embankment southwest of Port Hardy along Highway 30 near Marble River, Island district RCMP spokesman Cpl. Darren Lagan said in a statement.

The car was spotted by a passing driver who alerted police. Investigators do not know exactly when the accident happened.

Fisher was last seen Thursday when he left Campbell River Hospital. His family reported him missing on Friday when he did not return home to Port Hardy.

RCMP helicopters and dozens of search and rescue volunteers scoured Highway 19 and surrounding ditches and logging roads between Sayward and Port Hardy.

Police do not know why Fisher left Highway 19 north of Port McNeill to head west on Highway 30 toward Port Alice. The area where his car was found was searched by the helicopter but could not be spotted from the air.

Officers were at the scene Tuesday and a collision analyst was called to investigate. The B.C. Coroners Service will also investigate.

“Officers with the Port Hardy and Sayward RCMP extend their condolences to the family and friends of Mr. William Fisher Sr.,” Lagan said.

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