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Mother of Canadian missing in Peru not giving up after searchers come up empty

Last Updated Dec 31, 2017 at 12:21 pm PST

Jesse Galganov is shown in a handout photo. A Montreal woman flew to Peru on Tuesday to look for her son Galganov, who she said nobody has heard from since he boarded a bus to go on a short trek more than two weeks ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

MONTREAL – A Canadian mother whose son is missing in Peru says she isn’t giving up, even though an elite Israeli search-and-rescue team she hired has failed to turn up any trace of him.

“And they went so far beyond the area, like if he had fallen, if he had fallen into the water, if he had fallen off of a cliff, if something happened they would have found him,” says Alisa Clamen, who adds nobody has heard from her son Jesse Galganov since two French hikers reported having camped with him on Sept. 30.

Clamen, a Montreal resident, says her 22-year-old son was in Peru as part of a backpacking trip through South America and Southeast Asia that was scheduled to end next May.

She says authorities now suspect foul play after an exhaustive search has failed to find any physical evidence.

No matter the outcome, Clamen says she won’t give up until she finds out what happened to her son and brings him home.

“I will never give up. No I will never give up. It’s not a question, you can’t just say ‘OK, I didn’t find him.’ It’s just, it’s not even in a world that’s conceivable.”

She says the search-and-rescue company is now analyzing the aerial footage and other information they’ve gathered in order to determine the next steps in the investigation.