Police are still working hard to find Ali Naderi, but a social media campaign asking Search and Rescue volunteers to restart the physical search is not helpful

Coquitlam

2020-09-03 11:40 PDT

File # 2020-22677

This screen capture shows one of the posts on the  Coquitlam SAR Instagram page that is getting hundreds of requests to restart the search 

View a high-resolution photo: This screen capture shows one of the posts on the Coquitlam SAR Instagram page that is getting hundreds of requests to restart the search

Seven days of exhaustive searching did not find Ali Naderi, but investigators in the Coquitlam RCMP’s Missing Persons Unit (MPU) continue to follow every tip and lead about the missing hiker. Meanwhile, the RCMP is concerned that a social media campaign targeting the Coquitlam Search and Rescue (SAR) Instagram page with hundreds of posts could hamper the team’s operations.

Asking Coquitlam SAR volunteers to restart a search is an understandable emotional response, but it’s not a decision that they make on their own, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. RCMP worked closely with SAR from the beginning. We agreed that it did not make sense to continue the physical search after 7 days. We’re asking people to keep the SAR social media channels free. Even today Coquitlam SAR is assisting with two other searches. Police will continue to work on Naderi’s disappearance until he is found.

In the search for Naderi, Coquitlam SAR brought in 183 trained volunteers who did 2,400 hours of searching, using search teams with GPS, drones and helicopters, and search dogs. The searchers saturated 48,000 square meters of trail. Each extra day of searching included entering riskier terrain with less certainty that they were looking in the right direction.

If Coquitlam RCMP MPU learns of any specific information that points to Naderi’s location, a search could resume based on those specific tips.

If you have specific information on Naderi, please call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number at 604-945-1550 and ask for the Missing Person’s Unit (file 2020-22677).

Released by

Cpl. Michael McLaughlin

Media Relations Officer
Coquitlam RCMP
coquitlam.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7Y5
Office: 604-945-1580

Email: coquitlam_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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