Coquitlam Search and Rescue is mounting a search for a missing Coquitlam man but needs hikers to report possible sightings from over the weekend to help pinpoint his location.
“It would be helpful if anyone has seen him in the last weekend when they were hiking on the trails,” said Tom Zajac, Coquitlam SAR president.
Ali Safar Naderi was reported missing just before 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, when his vehicle was found in the 2100 block of Diamond Crescent, Coquitlam.
He is an experienced hiker and the trail network where he left his car covers a large area but Eagle Mountain may have been his destination, according to Search and Rescue.
But because police and searchers don’t know exactly when he started or exactly where he was headed, they need more information to better conduct the search.
Zajac is calling on anyone who may have been on Eagle Mountain trails on the weekend to check the Coquitlam RCMP image of Naderi to see if they recognize him.
“Look at photo and let us know if you have have any information [regarding Naderi] at anytime on the weekend: where it was, what he was wearing, and what direction he was taking and the time and date.”
Eagle Mountain is a vast area and a few hours hike from the top of Westwood Plateau where Naderi left his car. However, Zajac said it’s possible he could have hiked some distance toward the area and people may have seen him on any number of trails, including the Halvor Lunden Trail.
At 3 p.m., today, Coquitlam RCMP and Coquitlam Search and Rescue will update the public on the search for Naderi.
Coquitlam RCMP describe Ali Naderi as a 52-year-old Persian man with brown eyes and medium-length, black, salt and pepper hair. He is 178 centimetres (5’10) tall, weighs 80 kilograms (176 pounds) and may be wearing hiking gear.
Anyone who has seen Naderi or who may have information about his whereabouts, should contact the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 and quote file number 2020-22677.