Update: New details on mushroom picker Kyung Chun search

Police now believe Kyung Chun got lost on logging roads while driving back to Vancouver, then got his van stuck

Searchers are still on the lookout for a 71-year-old Burnaby man Kyung Chun, who went missing on Friday, Sept. 14 in the Fosthall area while mushroom picking.

An RCMP spokesperson said a number of West Kootenay search groups are involved in the effort.

When Chun first went missing, police had an incomplete understanding of the details, but after interviewing his mushroom picking partners, they have clarified the circumstances.

Chun arrived in the Fosthall area on the west side of the Upper Arrow Lake on Sept. 13 to pick mushrooms. On the evening of Sept. 14, Kyung Chun left his picking partner to drive back to the Lower Mainland with a load of mushrooms. His partner remained behind, camping with several other pickers.

Police believe Mr. Chun got lost on the backroads in the area and perhaps took a wrong turn, then got his van stuck.

Search and rescue organizations have conducted ground, water and grid searches, but haven’t found a trace of Mr. Chun.

The search was suspended on Sept. 24, but will resume on Sept. 25, weather permitting.

Sgt. Darryl Little of the RCMP Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment said there is great concern about Chun’s disappearance. “All parties involved, including his family, the RCMP, search and rescue members are concerned for his well being,” he said. “The temperatures have been dropping overnight and the weather has been inclement.”

 

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