News Release on behalf of Lake Cowichan RCMP
Search concludes for missing 82 year old Gladys Barman
On the evening of July 21st, an off road motorcyclist located Gladys Barman’s green Honda Accord on a logging road in the remote wilderness area west south west of the town of Lake Cowichan. Since finding the vehicle between the morning of July 22 and evening of July 26, a co-ordinated search effort was established engaging up to 25 Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) per day, Police Dog Services, RCMP helicopter and Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS aka UAV), local area experts, Oak Bay Police and Lake Cowichan RCMP.
The area is vast and remote and the mountainous terrain was extremely steep and difficult to navigate, requiring the assistance of GSAR rope teams from as far away as Comox and Juan de Fuca. Despite these extensive efforts, unfortunately Mrs. Barman was not located.
On the evening of July 26th, it was determined all viable options available to the search efforts had been explored and the search was concluded. At this time, Mrs. Barman’s family requests privacy.
The Lake Cowichan RCMP would like to extend their gratitude for the countless hours of dedication provided by the volunteer Island area GSAR teams, local area experts and police support units who assisted in the search efforts.
The investigation into the disappearance of Mrs. Barman will remain with Oak Bay Police Department and they continue to urge anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact them at 250-592-2424 or the local police department.
Released on behalf of Lake Cowichan RCMP:
S/Sgt. Annie Linteau
Senior Media Relations Officer
“E” Division Communication Services