Search operations to locate a hiker missing on Cypress Mountain have been suspended

West Vancouver, BC: 65-year-old Debbie Blair was last seen hiking with friends on Cypress Mountain Thursday. Ms Blair unexpectedly became separated from her group and a search was undertaken.


Debbie Blair was last seen near Donut Rock trail junction. She is Caucasian, 160cm (5’4″) tall and weighs approximately 59kg(130lbs). Ms Blair has short, brown-grey hair. She was last believed to have been wearing blue and white runners, white cotton pants and a blue baseball hat, with only a light t-shirt.

Extensive ground and air search operations have been undertaken since Thursday, including deployment of 50 volunteer search and rescue personnel, and helicopters equipped with Forward-Looking-Infrared(FLIR) scanners.

North Shore Rescue advises it’s members have exhaustively searched all areas that crews can safely access without finding any confirmed sign of Debbie Blair. The area involved includes very unforgiving terrain.

The search operation was suspended late Saturday. West Vancouver Police, North Shore Rescue and Emergency Measures BC met via conference call into the evening.

West Vancouver Police and North Shore Rescue have now determined the search will remain suspended subject to receipt of any new information regarding Ms. Blair’s whereabouts. Immediate family of Debbie Blair were informed of the search status overnight. Some family members are travelling to the Lower Mainland and will meet with investigators and North Shore Rescue staff today.

The missing person investigation by West Vancouver Police remains open and active. West Vancouver Police are requesting anyone who believes they saw Debbie Blair at any time since September 29, 2016 to call 604-925-7300.

West Vancouver Police