A man from Kelowna who went missing the afternoon of April 6 was found near Vavenby two days later.
Sgt. Grant Simpson of the Clearwater RCMP detachment said Carlos Sigurnjak was found by a passerby who saw him walking down the mountain extremely wet and baraefoot. Sigurnjak was in the search area near where his car was found, at a higher elevation.
He voluntarily went with BC Ambulance to be treated at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital.
Sigurnjak went missing about 4 p.m. on Tuesday April 6, according to a Facebook post by his family. His blue hatchback car was found abandoned at the corner of Holland Road and Highway 5 with his keys, wallet and luggage still inside.
His sister Tiffany had been making posts to various groups on Facebook, hoping someone would see her brother or know why he was in the area. In it, she noted it was unusual for him to be in the area.
The search began after RCMP found the vehicle and did a check on the plate. The police dog team was brought out to search Wednesday and again the next day, along with local search and rescue.
Just before 2 p.m. Thursday (Aril 8) afternoon, Sigurnjak was found.
Sgt. Simpson said it was the “best possible outcome.”
The family was happy to hear the news.
“Someone was looking out for him these past two days,” Sigurnjak wrote on Facebook. “We are so incredibly blessed and lucky and were fearing the worst. Thanks again for all the love and support. We are beyond relieved.”
When the news spread that Carlos was missing, community members offered to help.
Sgt. Simpson said, “Everybody wanted to help. That’s awesome when the community comes together like that.”