* July 19, 2017 - Update: Body of missing hiker Gregory Tiffin found near Agassiz
*July 14, 2017 - CBC News has reported an update on this search.
*September 25, 2017 - Update: Human remains found in area where Australian hiker disappeared
July, 2017 – Local 258 IBEW Business Manager Doug McKay is sharing the news from BC Hydro that an active search is underway by RCMP and Hydro’s internal security group to locate a missing couple in the Harrison/Agassiz area in south western British Columbia.
BC Hydro has issued an internal email notice to all workers advising that employee Sophie Dowsley, 34, and contractor Greg Tiffin, 44, have not been seen or heard from since July 8th and their last known whereabouts was in the Agassiz/Harrison area. The Crown Corporation has also shared the Missing Persons notice on its Twitter account that has over 67 thousand followers.
In a report published in the Abbotsford News on July 12th, Kent-Harrison Search and Rescue discovered the unoccupied vehicle the couple were travelling in at Mt. Statlu Lake near Sts’iles, a treacherous and remote area between Harrison Lake to the west and Stave Lake to the east. CTV News Vancouver has reported the search is focusing on the north end of the Chehalis River.
Gregory is described as Caucasian male, height 182 centimeters (6 feet), weight 84 kg. (185 lbs) with brown hair and green eyes. Sophie is described as Caucasian female, height 170 centimeters (5 foot, 7 inches), weight 65 kg. (143 lbs.) with blonde hair and blue eyes.
In an email sent to employees earlier this week, BC Hydro CEO Jessica McDonald has asked employees to contact police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) if you think you may have any information that could be helpful in the search. She has also asked employees who want to help in the search efforts to leave it to the professionals to carry out the search in the safest, most effective way.
Acknowledging this is a stressful situation for the families of Sophie Dowsley and Greg Tiffin, Local 258 IBEW Business Manager McKay joins with McDonald to remind BC Hydro employees that support services are available 24/7 through the Employee and Family Assistance Program by calling 1-866-231-2101.