News report from http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/Dive_team_joins_search_for_Langley_man.html:
A police dive team is joining the search today for a missing 29-year-old man in northern Mission.
John Kahler, a Langley resident, was last seen about 4 a.m. Sunday morning, said Const. Fred Ritchie.
According to police, Kahler was camping in an area about 15 km up Burma Road, where approximately 300 outdoor enthusiasts from across the Lower Mainland had gathered for a weekend party. Kahler, who police say is not an experienced outdoor enthusiast, and possessed little camping and outdoor skills, had gone up to the area with two of his friends and he did not know anyone else in the group.
Kahler and his friends went up in separate vehicles.
His pickup truck, a white Ford F150, was found stuck in a ditch about 200 metres from the campsite, with the engine still running at 6:30 a.m. by one of his friends who left early.
His friend didn't think much about it and left, said Ritchie.
The other friend Kahler was with pulled the truck out and drove it down around mid-afternoon. He looked around for Kahler, but couldn't find him.
At this point, nobody was worried, said Ritchie, noting his friends assumed Kahler had spent the night at one of the other campsites, or had found a ride down with someone else.
Kahler's friend called his family and his girlfriend, asking if they had heard from him. It was around 9 p.m. when Kahler's parents notified RCMP and went to the area to search for him.
Since it was dark, and most people were leaving the camp site, they only searched for a short time, said Ritchie.
Kahler's friends and family didn't start panicking until the next morning when Kahler didn't show up for work in Whistler, where he was building ski jumps for the 2010 Olympics.
That's when police and search and rescue crews formally began their search. A police boat, K9 unit, helicopter and about 70 search and rescue volunteers from Chilliwack, Surrey, Maple Ridge, Abbotsford and Mission scoured the area, but didn't turn up any signs of the missing man.
Kahler is described by police as being 6'2" tall with blue eyes and blonde hair. He weighs between 100 kg. to 105 kg. and was wearing a pair of new work boots. He was not dressed for long term exposure to the cold elements, say police.
RCMP continue to investigate and are interested in speaking to a woman named Cassy, who was one of the last people to be seen talking to Kahler.
"She may or may not have more information," said Ritchie, who notes police are treating this as a missing person case and there is no reason to suspect anything else at the moment.
Anyone who may have seen Kahler, or has information regarding his whereabouts, is asked to contact Mission RCMP at 604-826-7161.
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