Christopher Dennis Hannaford has been missing since Saturday evening

Search for missing Surrey man scaled back

Christopher Dennis Hannaford last seen camping on a gravel spit near Agassiz

The search for a Surrey man who went missing on Saturday night has been scaled back.

Christopher Dennis Hannaford was last seen camping on a gravel spit near the Old Orchard Campground just west of Agassiz, on the Harrison River.

He was last seen on Saturday night around 11:30 p.m.

Hannaford is described as a 27-year-old Caucasian man, 6’4″ tall, 240 pounds, with a heavy build, blue eyes, shaved blonde-red hair, and lots of freckles.

He was last seen wearing black track pants, a t-shirt and a pullover sweat shirt.  He currently resides in Surrey, B.C., however his residence has been checked by police and there is no sign that he returned to his residence.

The Old Orchard Campground is on Kennedy Road in Harrison Mills, near Agassiz.

The gravel bar where he was last seen was 800 metres long and seven metres wide and is connected to the mainland at the base of Mt. Woodside on the southeast bank of the Harrison River.

Kent Harrison Search and Rescue initially searched the area on their Sea Doos, and by foot, along with the Lower Mainland Police Dog Service.

RCMP used a helicopter to search by air, and the First Nations Policing’s jet boat, but as of Wednesday there was still no sign of Hannaford.

Police issued a plea for help on Tuesday in locating the missing man, whose family is extremely concerned for his safety.

“There were several people camping and fishing at the time of Christopher’s disappearance and we are hoping that someone may have saw him at some point during the evening of the third or morning of the fourth,” said Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth earlier this week.  “At this point there is no indication that foul play is involved, but we are investigating every avenue with the hopes of safely locating Christopher.”

On Friday, police said they would scale back the search but continue their investigation through the Agassiz detachment.

Anyone with information of the whereabouts of Christopher Hannaford is asked to contact the Agassiz RCMP at 604-796-2211 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).