RCMP have suspended the search for Jonthan Knight, the Prince Rupert man missing since May 7.
“We’ve put extensive resources into it but right now we have no further place to go. It’s like hitting a dead end street,” said Cpl. Dave Tyreman.
“We’ve suspended the search, but should we receive further information or a sighting… then we’d be back into it.”
RCMP now say they are questioning whether or not Jonathan Knight, the Prince Rupert man missing since May 7, wishes to be found.
In the latest update to media, RCMP say “searchers believe Knight may have chosen to live in the wilderness and may not wish to be located”.
The statement comes after extensive searches of the Skeena and Ecstall river by RCMP Marine Services, Terrace Ground Search and Rescue, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Royal Canadian Marine Search and the Royal Canadian Search and Rescue Station 64 have failed to locate him.
“Police are requesting the public’s assistance regarding any information relating to Jonathan Knight’s disappearance or should you encounter him, either on the river, the trails or in a community, please notify your local police so we can ensure his safety and provide notification to his family of his current status,” said a statement from Cpl. Dave Tyreman.
Friends and family are also asking the public to be vigilant and are appealing to anybody going out on the river or anybody that has cabins in that area to check for any signs that someone has used their cabin, including something left behind like a shirt or a hat.
It’s been nearly two weeks since Jonathan Knight was last seen by friends and family and there is still no sign of the Prince Rupert man.
“At this point there is no change … he is still missing, although crews continue to search,” said RCMP Const. Matt Ericson.
RCMP have been searching for Knight since he went missing May 7 and were joined on Thursday by the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 64 from Prince Rupert and the Terrace Ground Search and Rescue.
The search continues.
“The only change is there will be no RCMP boats on the water as it was quite rough yesterday and they got a bit banged up,” Ericson said.
Knight is believed to have crossed the Skeena River in a seven-foot inflatable boat, found upright with a paddle and pump May 14. RCMP investigation found that Knight was headed to a cabin in the Khatada Lake/Davis Lake area, and his vehicle was left on Telegraph Point.
RCMP believe Knight made it to the shore and unloaded his gear, but did not secure the boat. Cpl. Dave Tyreman says they hope he returns to the river bank so search crews can find him there.