A 39-year-old Pitt Meadows man was found in Alouette Lake on Saturday, Jan. 2.
Ridge Meadows RCMP have not identified the man, although family members have told various media that they are mourning the loss of Wade Bathurst, father to a 14-year-old son.
According to reports, the man left the Gold Creek campground around 2:30 a.m. and told his family he was going to make a phone call and set off fireworks down on the beach.
Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue was called at 2:30 p.m. on New Year’s Day to Gold Creek campground in Golden Ears Provincial Park for a missing camper.
The man was last seen by friends and family at 02:30 a.m. that day, walking away from his campsite.
Utilizing resources from Delta police department K-9, Coquitlam, Surrey and Central Fraser Valley search and rescue, members looked until until 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, then resumed at 7:30 a.m., with many friends and family of the missing person.
At approximately 10 a.m., a search boat located the subject’s body in Alouette Lake.
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and many friends,” said Ridge search and rescue.