Police in Pitt Meadows and B.C. Corrections officials are still looking for a Fraser Regional Correctional Centre inmate who walked away from a supervised work crew.
Residents reported a strong police presence in the South Bonson neighbourhood before noon, with two marked police vehicles blocking off Hoffman Way.
Ridge Meadows RCMP said they received a call from corrections at approximately 11 a.m., reporting that inmate Michael Lund had walked away from an off-site work detail.
He was last seen in the area of South Gate Road and Airport Way.
He is described as Caucasian, 42 years old, 6’2” and 190 pounds, with short brown hair, brown eyes, and facial stubble.
Schools in the area were not locked down.
“We take our direction from the Ridge Meadows RCMP when it comes to school lockdowns, and the RCMP ultimately advised that lockdowns for Pitt Meadows area schools were not needed,” said Irena Pochop, with the school district.
However, she added, Pitt Meadows elementary and Davie Jones elementary did keep students indoors for lunch as a precautionary measure.
A video on the Protecting Pitt Meadows Facebook page shows four armed officers walking along a sidewalk, one carrying a shield.