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Search for missing Manning Park hiker suspended, family appeals for restart

Last Updated Oct 18, 2020 at 9:16 pm PST

FILE -- Jordan Naterer is white, 5'10'' with a slim build and short brown hair. He was last seen wearing black pants and white running shoes. He was carrying a large green backpack. (Courtesy VPD)

Jordan Naterer has been missing since Oct. 10 and was last seen in Manning Park

The search has been suspended because crews have exhausted all avenues in the area where Naterer was last seen

Naterer's parents say they have found a clue suggesting Jordan was on a part of the trail that hasn't been searched

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) —  The family of a 25-year-old hiker who has been missing for more than a week say they have found a new lead, and they’re hoping it will be enough for crews to start combing the trails of Manning Park again.

Naterer’s parents, Josie and Greg who have flown to Vancouver from Newfoundland, were told the search for their son was suspended Sunday.

“The search has been suspended because we haven’t been able to get more clues or evidence,” Greg tells NEWS 1130.

“My husband and I returned very, very upset and depressed back to our son’s condo here in Vancouver and we just started going through his apartment looking for more and more detailed information,” Josie adds.

Jordan Naterer was last seen on Oct. 10. He was reported missing on Oct. 13, the morning after he didn’t show up for a Thanksgiving dinner with friends. His car was found parked at the Frosty Mountain Trailhead where he is believed to have set off on a hike. After someone reported spotting Jordan on the trail over Thanksgiving weekend, the search focussed in on the area around where he was last seen. More than 150 SAR members joined the search.

“Search and rescue have decided to stop sending teams and helicopters until they are able to get a new lead. It is kind of disappointing but they said they exhausted every single thing they could have tried,” Jordan’s sister Julia says.

“There isn’t much more they can do since they haven’t really found anything new.”

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According to Greg and Josie, a hat and sunglasses were picked up on the trail by someone helping with the search on Friday. The hat was a white trucker hat, the glasses were Oakley. That person reportedly made a note of where he found the items.

“We didn’t know that he’d owned these things and through receipts and through going through his closets we found that out,” Greg says.

“Now we have matched Jordan with items that were found on the Frosty Mountain Trail at a specific point in time. The search has been suspended because we haven’t been able to get more clues or evidence beyond that so now this is a second, major clue that we hope will reactivate the search as soon as possible.”

Greg is holding out hope that his son may have thrown the items on to the trail from somewhere out of sight.

“I think my son is a brilliant young man and he may have realized the trouble that he was in and started to throw things from his backpack if he’s too weak or injured.”

The eldest of three siblings, Jordan recently graduated from UBC after having studied electrical engineering and in May he moved into a new apartment in Downtown Vancouver, with the help of his mother and sister. He’s been living in B.C. for just over three years.