Fort Nelson RCMP have confirmed that the search for missing German Hiker Michael Raster has been officially suspended.
The 43-year-old man had been dropped off on August 1st in the Tuchodi Lakes area west of Fort Nelson to begin a 250-kilometre hike to Frog Lake.
He had arranged for a pilot to pick him up at a Frog Lake cabin on September 10th, but poor weather kept the pilot away until September 12th. When the pilot arrived, there was no sign of Raster.
Police say a number of personal items recovered over the past few days by local hunters and search teams indicate that Raster was separated from his belongings during his journey. The items include a diary that details Raster’s journey until August 8th, then stops abruptly. The discovery of these items leads police to believe that Raster has been without supplies for over 40 days, making his chances for survival extremely low.
Police describe Raster as a very experienced backcountry hiker and are still asking local hikers, hunters, guides and outfitters to be on the lookout for the missing man.