PEMBERTON (NEWS 1130) — The search for two members of the Lil’wat Nation who haven’t been seen since they set out on a mushroom picking trip is taking on increasing urgency as time passes and temperatures plummet.
River Leo and Peter Oleski left their homes Thursday morning and were last heard from around 2 p.m.
When the pair didn’t return home that evening RCMP and Pemberton Search and Rescue were notified.
“The Líl’wat community led the search effort that extended through the night,” reads a Facebook post from Friday, adding the vehicle the two were driving was found near a paragliding launch site north of Pemberton and the Lil’wat community of Mount Currie.
The next morning, a base camp for search and rescue crews was set up at the Mckenzie Basin Forest Service Road
“We will update the community as more information becomes available. It is my deepest hope that River and Peter are safe and that we find them very soon. I ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers,” Chief Dean Nelson says in a statement.
“The search is ongoing and urgent, as temperatures in the area are due to plummet into the double digits this weekend.”