Search suspended for snowmobiler missing near Revelstoke

The search for Travis Allen Brown was called off Wednesday evening after three days without success.

Travis Allen Brown was reported missing after not returning from a solo snowmobiling trip on Saturday.

The search for a missing snowmobiler on Boulder Mountain has been called off after three days without success.

Travis Allen Brown, 42, was reported missing Monday morning after he failed to return home from a solo snowmobiling trip to Revelstoke on the weekend.

Members of Revelstoke and Golden Search & Rescue spent three days looking for him on Boulder Mountain and Frisby Ridge, to no avail.On Wednesday evening, RCMP said the search was being suspended.

“The search command team has reviewed the search efforts to date with a decision being made by the command team to suspend the search at this time,” said Cpl. Thomas Blakney of the Revelstoke RCMP in a news release. “The resumption of further search efforts will be assessed based on several factors including weather and snow conditions and specifically any future information being received that may assist us in locating Travis Brown.”

Photo: Travis Brown on his Polaris RMK snowmobile. Contributed.

Police say Brown left his home in Drayton Valley, Alberta, early Saturday morning to go sledding in Revelstoke. He called his family at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday to say he was heading up the mountain. His family attempted to contact him that day at around 3:30 p.m., but the call went straight to voicemail.

On Sunday, Brown’s vehicle was found in the Boulder Mountain Parking Lot. When his car was still there on Monday, Revelstoke RCMP got in contact with Brown’s family and found out they hadn’t heard him from all weekend, said Blakney.

At that point he was reported missing and a search was initiated. SAR conducted searches by air and by ground over the course of the three days. They flew over the mountains with a helicopter able to detect transceiver and RECCO signals.

On Tuesday, the popular Boulder Mountain and Frisby Ridge snowmobiling areas were closed to prevent interference with the search. The areas remained closed Wednesday morning.

That afternoon the search focused on the area between the Boulder Mountain cabin and the bottom of the mountain after police learned that a man matching Brown’s description was seen at the cabin on Saturday at around 3 p.m. SAR continued to search until dark on Wednesday.

Photo: Search & Rescue members load into the helicopter to help find a missing snowmobiler near Revelstoke on Tuesday. By Alex Cooper, Revelstoke Review.

Brown is described as a 42-year-old white male, 185 centimetres tall, weighing 77 kilograms, with blond hair and brown eyes. He was believed to be wearing a bright green Helly Hansen snowmobile outfit with a green leaf pattern on the jacket. He would have been wearing a motocross-style helmet, with green camo goggles and riding a red and white 2014 Polaris RMK.

Saturday was a stormy day in Revelstoke. The avalanche danger was rated as considerable at all elevations.

Anyone with information on Brown’s whereabouts is asked to contact the RCMP at 250-837-5255 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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