Ted Vanderveen left his residence in the 26500-block of 112 Avenue Thursday morning for a walk in the Ferguson Trails area.
After searching the trails and surrounding forest by foot and by air for the 72-year-old overnight and through Friday, Ridge Meadows RCMP and search and rescue crews suspended their operation that evening.
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I just thought lets start one Facebook group, get a search going, she told CTV News. My dad suffers from dementia so it really hit close to home and I just would be lost if it was him. So I just wanted to help any way that I could.
But Vanderveen’s daughter Julia Marsden says she and her family aren’t giving up that easily — even though hopes of finding him alive are dwindling.
“We’re kind of at a loss for what to do next,” she said. “We have a few friends who are truck drivers who will be going to truck stops and putting information out there in case he hitched a ride or something. We’re just trying to get the word out.”
On Sunday, Marsden says the family was joined by neighbours and friends as they scoured the trails and forest once again. Vanderveen would walk the trail system multiple times a week, she says, but would always make his way back home — making his disappearance disturbing.
With no sign of her father by the time the sun began to set, Marsden says this may be the last time the group combs through the forest.
The family is hoping they find Vanderveen soon, and praying hes alive when they do. In the meantime, they are thanking the entire community for the support during this nightmare.
“If he is there, he’s not alive,” she said. “I don’t know that we will go out again tomorrow. Some neighbours may go out and have a look, but we probably won’t.
Marsden says the family will instead focus on putting posters up around the community, which include surveillance photos of Vanderveen entering the trails Thursday morning.
She’s also asking other neighbours in the area to check around buildings, under tarps and inside makeshift shelters in order to cover more ground. The family is also offering to do the same for less mobile neighbours who can’t check themselves.
Marsden says her father requires dialysis on a daily basis. Missing it for a week would lead his body to shut down, ramping up the ticking clock already put on the search by cold weather.
Hes out there, said Linda Feuerhelm, who volunteered to search. Its -4 to -8 overnight. Hes been out there for three nights so its a no brainer.
Vanderveen’s encroaching dementia throughout the past year has only raised the family’s concerns even more.
“He just hasn’t been himself lately, because he’s been watching himself deteriorate,” she said. “It’s hard for anyone, I assume, to watch yourself not be able to do the things you used to do.”
Vanderveen is described as a Caucasian man with a slim build and short grey hair. He was last seen wearing a turquoise coat, jeans, black boots, an orange toque and black gloves. RCMP say he responds to the name Ted.
Ted Vanderveen was last seen Nov. 28 just before noon in the Ferguson Trails area along 112th Avenue and 264th Street
MAPLE RIDGE (NEWS 1130) — Dozens gathered in Maple Ridge Sunday to comb the trails in search of a missing senior.
72-year-old, Ted Vanderveen was last seen Nov. 28 just before noon in the Ferguson Trails area along 112th Avenue and 264th Street.
His son-in-law- Shaun Marden says by Sunday evening, they had exhausted the trails in the area Vanderveen is familiar with.
“Once we got to where it opens up from the creek itself we took 15-20 foot paces between each person and made treks into the bush as far as we could on both left and right sides of the trail.”
Marden says Vanderveen has mild-dementia and has missed his kidney dialysis. The group is still considering what they will do next, including the possibility of expanding the search area.
Vanderveen was last seen wearing a turquoise coat, jeans, black boots, a black toque and black gloves. He has a slim build and has short grey hair.
The group wants you to know, if you are not much of a hiker, handing out flyers near the trails and spreading the message on social media would help too.
“We are still holding out hope that Uncle Ted will be found and very much appreciate everyone’s help, thoughts and prayers,” the group wrote in a release.
A Facebook group has been made called, “Uncle Ted Info Group,” to provide details on how others can help.
If you have any information call Maple RCMP at 1-877-687-3377. If you wish to remain anonymous dial 1-800-222-8477 or visit www.solvecrime.ca.
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