A search continues today for Raymond Salmen

Updated: Missing hiker prompts days-long search north of Harrison

Reports of shots fired up West Harrison Road cause of some concern

The search continues for Raymond Salmen, a camper who has gone missing at the north end of Harrison Lake.

Salmen, 65, is a Vancouver resident whose campsite was located on Sunday afternoon, after another group of campers reported the sounds of shots fired.

When Agassiz RCMP responded to the call, they found Salmen’s campsite, along with his two beloved dogs.

Salmen’s wife has told CTV News that it was a mystery why Salmen wouldn’t be with his dogs. She has said he is an experienced outdoorsmen, but she is starting to worry.

Agassiz RCMP and Kent Harrison Search and Rescue have been attempting to locate Salmen since Sunday. His camp is about 50 km up the West Harrison Forestry Service Road, an area that RCMP call remote but accessible.

“We have tons of services out today,” Agassiz RCMP Stuart Falebrinza said on Thursday morning, including the Lower Mainland TAC team, about 30 SAR members, a dive team and air services.

“They’re going to hover low and slow today,” Falebrinza said. “Everybody is very worried and everybody has really kicked in to help, including other detachments like Chilliwack.”

Falebrinza is in constant contact with Salmen’s wife, who is awaiting news at their Vancouver home. It’s a mystery so far what has happened to Salmen, Falebrinza said, made more concerning by the dogs found at the campsite.

“He wouldn’t have gone anywhere without them,” he said.

Shots were heard about 5:30 p.m. on Sunday night, which prompted the campers to call RCMP. When they investigated, RCMP discovered the unoccupied camp.

An immediate search of the camp site did not locate Salmen, and he is still unaccounted for. Police say they have no information that connects Mr. Salmen to the shots fired complaint.

On Monday, June 10 RCMP Air One and the Agassiz-Harrison Search and Rescue were deployed to search the west side of Harrison Lake in a effort to locate Mr. Salmen. The search is continuing using all available resources.

“We are concerned for Mr. Salmen’s safety” advises Cpl. vanNieuwenhuizen. “This is a wilderness area with no formal campsites. This area is frequented by campers and we are hoping that someone may have seen Mr. Salmen. We believe that he has been at this camp site since May 28.”

Anyone who may have seen Salmen, has knowledge of his location, or has information regarding this incident are asked to call Agassiz RCMP at 604-796-2211 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS).