Informal search continues for man missing near Lake Cowichan

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

Formal ground searching is now idle after last week's disappearance of Rodney MacKinnon in Lake Cowichan-area bush, RCMP say.

"There's no formal search and rescue, unless new information comes to light," Sgt. Wes Olsen of Lake Cowichan's detachment said Tuesday.

He was eager for pubic tips as locals continue looking for MacKinnon. The experienced bushman was last seen May 1. His disappearance was reported by family May 2.

There's been no activity in MacKinnon's bank account since May 1, he noted, adding police have found no signs of suspicious activity.

Mushroom pickers, hunters, family members, and others are still combing areas southwest of Cowichan Lake, where cell-phone reception in the thickly forested area is good to intermittent, Olsen indicated.

Mounties were awaiting a report from their identification agents concerning a white Ford pickup truck MacKinnon, 35, was known to drive.

That white truck was found Sunday off a logging road called Fairservice Main, near the Cowichan Lake Education Centre, he explained.

Intense scouring by Cowichan Search and Rescue personal also came up dry, as did some air searches.

MacKinnon is described as a Caucasian male, about six-feet three, weighting about 209 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair.

Tips can be reported to the RCMP at 1-800-222-8477, or 250-749-6668.

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