Missing dog walker found alive in bush

Coquitlam RCMP say Annette Poitras was discovered at around 11:30 a.m. in the Coquitlam watershed.

A Coquitlam woman who disappeared on Monday afternoon while walking three dogs in her care was found alive this morning (Wednesday).

Coquitlam RCMP Cpl. Mike McLaughlin said Annette Poitras, 56, was discovered in the Coquitlam watershed just after 11 a.m.

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A helicopter is now on site for a long-line rescue, Cpl. Mike McLaughlin said.

Coquitlam Search and Rescue wrote on its Twitter feed that Poitras and the three dogs — Roxie, Chloe and Bubba — are "alive and in good condition."

However, McLaughlin said Poitras will be airlifted to hospital as she was hurt. "No further information about the status of Ms. Poitras or the dogs is available at this time."

He added in his press release, "The Coquitlam RCMP, Coquitlam Search and Rescue and everyone involved in the search would like to thank the public and the media for their efforts and support."

Coquitlam SAR and other teams from around the Lower Mainland, including North Shore Rescue, were deployed to the Westwood Plateau area after she was reported missing and her vehicle was found at the top of Plateau Boulevard. She was not equipped to spend the night outside, officials said.

Last night, Mounties said rescuers scaled back the the search for the evening because of heavy rain.

A version of this article originally appeared on Tri-City News, a Glacier Community Media publication and sister paper to the North Shore News. Go to tricitynews.com to read more.

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