May 12, 2016 - 5:30 PM
SALMON ARM - As Shuswap Search and Rescue enters its third day searching for a missing Salmon Arm senior, residents and businesses are being encouraged to help out by checking their own properties and outbuildings.
Christopher Allbury, 70, was last seen at 1:30 a.m., May 6, when he was dropped off at his care home facility. He was reported missing four days later.
Allbury suffers from mental health issues and dementia.
Concerned for his safety, Shuswap Search and Rescue organized searches on Tuesday and Wednesday, and will be out again this evening, May 12. Roughly 10 to 15 members have been involved in each of the searches.
Search manager Tara Stanley says they are looking in the area around his residence, as well as a nearby trail system, the shoreline, the pier and other trails south of town.
“Tonight we’re going to be going back out one more time, starting to search the building areas between the Trans Canada and the lakeshore,” Stanley says.
So far, they have been unsuccessful in finding any trace of Allbury and concern is growing for his wellbeing.
“It’s still getting quite cold at night, temperatures are dropping. He’s an older gentleman. We do hope to find him and get him back,” Stanley says.
Members of the public can help by checking their own properties, including outbuildings, vehicles and bush areas. Businesses are also being encouraged to take a look in back alleys.
The search for Allbury is the latest in a number of missing person searches this year for Shuswap SAR.
“This has been one of our busiest years,” Stanley says. “So far this year, this is our fourth urban search for a subject that has gone missing in the town area.”
Shuswap SAR recently combed the area for 27-year-old Ashley Marie Simpson, who remains missing.
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