Local musician missing in Quesnel

Heath Onstine was a popular musician in Fort St. John.

A ground search is underway for a Fort St. John man believed to be missing in the Quesnel area.

Friends and family of Heath Onstine have taken to Facebook to organize the community-led search for the local musician. The search is focused on the Baston Road, which crosses the Quesnel River, and the surrounding area.


Organizers believe Onstine, and his car, may have gone into the river last weekend.

A police report from Quesnel RCMP confirms the detachment was notified Sun., June 14 about a possible car accident on Baston Road.

At the scene, RCMP report that tire marks were found leaving road and police found minor vehicle debris, including a license plate, among the bushes that lead down to the river.

Police say continued attempts to reach the registered owner of the license plate have been unsuccessful, and are not releasing any names at this time.

However, a public Facebook page indicates a search for Onstine was to begin at 3 p.m. today.

RCMP have been searching the area for the last several days, including aerial scans of the river. Both the Underwater Recovery Team and Quesnel Search and Rescue to assist with their efforts.

However, high and fast moving river flows have made underwater search efforts too dangerous to undertake, according to RCMP, but say they continue to monitor water levels and speeds to determine when a search can begin.

Anyone who may have seen a car enter the Quesnel River on June 14 is asked to call Quesnel RCMP at 250-992-9211.

We will provide more information as it becomes available.

Organizers of the search were not immediately available to comment.