Bob Zimmerman says searching will continue when the conditions change. (Quesnel Search and Rescue)

Bob Zimmerman says searching will continue when the conditions change. (Quesnel Search and Rescue)

Quesnel Search and Rescue pulling back on search for missing man

Norman Lawrence was first reported missing on June 17 north of Naver Creek Road

The search for a missing 70-year-old man north of Quesnel has slowed according to rescuers.

Norman Lawrence was first reported missing during the evening of June 17. The search is focused north of Naver Creek Road near Strathnaver.

Rescuers did find clues Lawrence was in the area but were not able to locate him.

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“I can say that we’ve pulled back on the heavy searching, but it is not finished,” the president of the Quesnel Search and Rescue, Bob Zimmerman, said. “Basically we’re waiting for cooler weather, and the water level to drop in the creek to give us another chance to check there.”

Temperatures are forecasted to rise into the high 30s over the weekend, making search conditions dangerous. As the search was going on, Zimmerman noted the thick brush made searching challenging.

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“Health and safety wise, it’s just not an option to send people out in the heat,” he added.

The search was assisted by RCMP and Emergency Management BC helicopters. Zimmerman also thanked Granville’s Coffee in Quesnel for delivering meals to the searchers.

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