Trails closed - Prince Rupert RCMP asks public to stay away from area trails

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The public is requested to stay away from all recreation trails around Prince Rupert over the weekend of Oct. 30 to 31 to allow for an unhindered missing person search by the BC Search and Rescue Association.

Prince Rupert RCMP is asking people not to interfere with the search organized for Michael Kitchener and to avoid Butze Rapids and Tall Trees.

“Trails affected by the search will be closed to the public without advance notice,” Const. Gabriel Gravel said, on Oct. 29.

“Organized community searches are discouraged as they may hinder the work of BCSARA and can put other community members at risk,” the officer said.

A large number of trained BCSARA volunteers from all over the province will be part of the professional search for Kitchener.

Kitchener was last seen on Oct. 22, running along Highway 16, near the SPCA turn-off at 6:30 p.m. He was wearing black shoes, grey sweat pants and was shirtless. He is 5’10 and weighs 178 lbs, with blonde hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kitchener is asked to contact the local police, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or the Prince Rupert RCMP at 250-627-0700.

Norman Galimski, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Prince Rupert Northern View

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