Police seek public's assistance in locating missing man


2018-08-28 15:31 PDT

File # 2018-1755

Ahousaht, BC: On August 9, 2018, Ahousaht RCMP received a report that Travis Damon THOMAS, who was last seen on Bartlett Island on August 7, could not be located. Prior to reporting him missing to police, the man's family had already conducted a search of the island but were not successful.

Upon receipt of the complaint, the RCMP with support from the Ahousaht and Tofino Search and Rescue Teams conducted a thorough search of the island. The Canadian Coast Guard and RCMP Air Services also conducted a search around the island.

Preliminary searches were followed by additional efforts from the RCMP Police Dog Service, a Search and Rescue Dog and consulted was an independent and experienced search manager form the Comox Valley Search and Rescue. This person was engaged to conduct an external review of the detachment's search efforts to date.

"We are very concerned about the safety of Travis THOMAS and are doing everything we can to locate him", says Sgt. Todd Pebernat, Ahousaht RCMP. "Our search is unfortunately very difficult given the island's extremely dense forest and brush area. It has made it difficult for ground searchers to probe thoroughly into these regions of the island".

The Ahousaht RCMP, along with the Regional General Investigation Section, are continuing their investigation and are looking into the circumstances of Travis THOMAS' disappearance. Travis's family have been kept appraised of the search efforts and developments to date.

Travis Damon THOMAS is described as a 40-year-old aboriginal male, 180 cm (5 ft 11 ins), 79 kg (175 lbs), with black hair and brown eyes. He has several tattoos on his chest and arm.

Photo of Travis THOMAS

Police have no information to suggest that Travis THOMAS has left Bartlett Island but are alive to the possibility that he may no longer be there. Reported sightings are being followed up on. Anyone who has any information about Travis THOMAS's whereabouts are asked to contact the Ahousaht RCMP Detachment at 250-670-9612 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.




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S/Sgt. Annie Linteau

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