Search for injured and missing man held on Burnaby-New West border

A search is being conducted today (Thursday) on the Burnaby-New Westminster border for a man who went missing from hospital.

On May 24, the New Westminster Police Department began searching for missing person Gavin Deloes, a Burnaby resident, who was last seen leaving the Royal Columbian Hospital at 7:30 a.m. Deloes was in hospital after being injured in a motor vehicle crash.

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Deloes was seen by a witness at approximately 8:15 a.m. near Holmes Street and Garfield Street, and then again between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Cariboo Road Christian Fellowship church in Burnaby. The New Westminster Police Department, Coquitlam Search and Rescue, and family members of Deloes have been searching in the area around Cariboo Hill since that time.

On May 27 at approximately 8:30 p.m., a member of the public found items belonging to Deloes in the green space behind the Salvation Army Cariboo Hill Temple.

Items included his slippers, socks, hospital gown, iPod, and mouthwash. Police officers, with a police service dog, extensively searched the area until calling off the search due to darkness and terrain in the area making it unsafe to continue.

The search continues around the Cariboo Hill temple today. This area is a large green space that includes a trail network that runs between the residential area of Cariboo Heights to the south, Highway 1 to the west, and the Cariboo Temple to the north.

Deloes is described as 42 years old, 5’11”, tall with a slim build, short black hair, and may only be wearing black boxer shorts.

“We continue to ask the public to help us locate Mr. Deloes”, stated Staff Sergeant Stuart Jette.  “If you see Mr. Deloes please call 9-1-1 immediately.”

 

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