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15-year-old missing from Coquitlam found alive after 22-day search

'I just won the lottery. I’m so relieved. It’s just amazing,' said the father shortly after hearing the news.
Jim Timmins received the call only hours after canvassing the Coquitlam highway intersection where h
Jim Timmins received the call only hours after canvassing the Coquitlam highway intersection where his son was last seen

A 15-year-old who went missing from a Coquitlam adolescent care centre was found on Vancouver Island Saturday after 22 days of searching. 

Nolan Godron, 15, left the Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre at Riverview Hospital at about 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. 

For the next 22 days, Godron’s father lived out of a green station wagon, searching for his youngest son across Metro Vancouver. 

“I’ve been on both sides of the river. I’ve put up posters along the train lines, at malls, given them to city workers, taxi drivers,” he told the Tri-City News Friday. “I’ve gone to homeless camps, walked along riverbanks… sometimes I ride my bike to cover more ground.”

But after three weeks of canvassing every neighbourhood across Metro Vancouver, scouring parts of Vancouver Island and beyond, Coquitlam RCMP has handed the case to its Major Crimes Unit.

That’s when Timmins decided it was time to change his strategy. On Saturday, Nov. 14, the father stood at the intersection of Lougheed Highway an Orchid Road, the last place his son had been seen. "Find Nolan. Call 911,” read the signs over an image of Godron’s face. 

Just over two hours later, Timmins said he got a call from the Coquitlam RCMP: Godron had been found in Saanich on Vancouver Island. 

Coquitlam RCMP was not immediately available to verify Godron's condition, but in a press release confirmed he had been found.

For Timmins, the news is only just sinking in.

“I haven’t even downloaded this yet,” said Timmins shortly after he found out his son was alive.

“I just won the lottery. I’m so relieved. It’s just amazing.”