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Search continues for Coquitlam hiker missing near Eagle Mountain: RCMP

Last Updated Aug 26, 2020 at 1:27 am PDT

FILE - Ali Naderi hiking up a trail on Eagle Mountain on the day he went missing, August 23, 2020 (Courtesy Coquitlam RCMP)

Coquitlam RCMP are still looking for a missing hiker who last set out onto the Eagle Mountain trails on Sunday

Police are appealing to the public for tips saying numerous calls have already helped them narrow down their search

COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) — Police and search crews are asking the public to keep coming forward with tips, as they continue to search for a missing Coquitlam man who hasn’t been seen for more than two days after going on a hike near Eagle Mountain.

Cpl. Michael McLaughlin with the Coquitlam RCMP says the tips about 52-year-old Ali Naderi have been pouring in, and it’s helped them narrow their search.

“Now, we are able to put our searchers towards specific areas in and around Eagle Mountain. We’re very grateful for all the search and rescue volunteers who come out, it is extremely important now that the public gives those searchers room to work. Please don’t come to the scene, don’t contaminate the trails, let them do their thing,” he says.

“So far there aren’t any indications of foul play regarding this missing persons investigation evidence is instead pointing to a hiker who simply was not prepared to go out into the backcountry.”

McLaughlin says it looks like Naderi was missing some important equipment, including a communication device.

At the moment, McLaughlin adds, “Conditions are about as good as you’d want to go into a search like this.”

“Obviously our searchers are well prepared they’re bringing all the essentials with them including water into the backcountry. And we’re hoping that these great weather conditions, also help bring this file to a happy resolution.”

Naderi was reported missing Sunday evening after a “concerned citizen” noticed his car parked near the foot of the mountain for “many hours longer than usual.”

Naderi is a Persian man with brown eyes and salt and pepper hair. He is 5’10” tall and weighs about 185 pounds.

Anyone with information is being asked to call Coquitlam RCMP at 604.945.1550.