North Shore Rescue locates missing Ontario hikers

North Shore Rescue located a pair of missing hikers in the Grouse Mountain area on Sunday.

Anthony Lam and Roya Rasoulian had departed from the Rice Lake area around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Their destination was unclear, but crews working Sunday determined they may have headed into the Hanes Valley, search manager Mike Danks told Global News.

North Vancouver RCMP Sgt. Peter DeVries said the duo is from Ontario, and that their friends called police when they failed to check in on Saturday.

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“Our officers have been working other angles of the investigation to try to find out a little bit more information about where they were supposed to go and what time they arrived and if they did, in fact, come back and just didn’t contact friends,” DeVries said Sunday.

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It’s unclear what the pair packed in with them, but DeVries said crews are operating under the assumption they were not prepared to spend the night in the backcountry.

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“The North Shore Mountains can be extremely dangerous for people who are unfamiliar with them, and particularly people who do not come to the mountains prepared,” he said.

“They face the possibility of potentially life-threatening situations.”

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