Search on again for missing Lake Cowichan Man

Rodney MacKinnon - courtesy RCMP
Rodney MacKinnon
— image credit: courtesy RCMP

The search for Rodney MacKinnon was on again at press time yesterday after a one-day hiatus.

An earlier tip that the missing Cowichan Lake man had been spotted proved false and volunteers resumed scouring the bush Thursday morning southwest of the lake, according to a statement on the Search for Rod MacKinnon Facebook page.

“Rodney was reported as being seen in a red pickup Ford. This is just to let everyone know, RCMP have found the driver and the red Ford; it is not Rod. The search continues,” a post from Wednesday night reads.

“SARS will be setting up the command center on Fairservice main, close to the 70.2 trestle,” a follow-up post from Thursday morning reads.

This comes after Cowichan SAR member Mitch Wright confirmed the search had been suspended as of Tuesday evening, based on talks with the local RCMP.

He said SAR members covered a 800-metre grid of tough terrain on the soggy Sunday and Monday, as well as Tuesday.

“We remain a phone call away to reactivate the search,” said Wright. “It may end up being in a different area, or expanding from the area we already covered.”

Efforts have been concentrated in an area where family found MacKinnon’s pick-up truck Sunday, which can be accessed by a gate near the Lakeview campground between Lake Cowichan and Mesachie Lake.

MacKinnon a 35-year-old area resident, was last seen May 1.

He is described as a Caucasian male, about 6’3’, weighing 209 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair.

Anyone with information is urged to contact their local police, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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