Rescue crews search for missing White Rock hiker

Neville Jewell, 52, has been missing from the Cypress Mountain area for "an undetermined amount of time."

White Rock hiker Neville Jewell is missing near Cypress Mountain.

West Vancouver Police and North Shore Search and Rescue are searching an area near Cypress Mountain for a missing White Rock hiker.

Neville Jewell, 52, has been missing for “an undetermined amount of time” according to a WVPD news release, though CTV News reported he had been missing for nine days as of Monday evening. It was not immediately clear why he was not reported missing earlier.

On Sunday, police were notified by Cypress Mountain staff of an abandoned vehicle in the parking lot, which investigation revealed to be registered to Jewell.

According to police,  “the circumstances that led to the vehicle being found indicate there is serious concern for the well-being of Mr. Jewell.”

West Vancouver Police had no updates on the search by Peace Arch News press deadline Tuesday morning, and referred requests for information to the department’s online news release.

Search-and-rescue crews from throughout the Lower Mainland – joined by Jewell’s family – continued to search for the missing man Tuesday.

North Shore Search and Rescue noted, on the organization’s Facebook page, noted Jewell has a Welsh accent, in case anyone has spoken to him.

Police said Jewell is not considered to be one to stay away longterm, nor was he believed to be equipped to stay in the wilderness for a long period of time.

“We think he may have carried some water and a small snack, something of that nature, but we don’t believe he had any intention of staying out overnight,” Peter Haigh of North Shore Rescue told CTV News.

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