Skip to content

Search resumes for N.L. man missing in B.C. after help sought from prime minister


The father of a Newfoundland and Labrador man missing in British Columbia says a discovered piece of fabric has spurred officials to resume the search.

Jordan Naterer, 25, was reported missing on Thanksgiving weekend after he didn’t return from a solo hike in Manning Provincial Park, 175 kilometres east of Vancouver.

After five days, on Oct. 17, Vancouver police suspended their investigation. 

Naterer's case reached the prime minister Wednesday during a virtual town hall with members of Memorial University.

Justin Dearing, the school’s sustainability officer, said he felt compelled to ask Justin Trudeau for help convincing police to resume their search for Naterer.

Naterer's father, who is the dean of Memorial's faculty of engineering, had been imploring the Vancouver police to keep looking for his son.

Trudeau told the town hall that the case reminded him of how he felt when the search was called off for his younger brother, Michel Trudeau, who was swept away by an avalanche in B.C. in 1998.

He said even as prime minister, he has limited power over a local search-and-rescue effort, but promised he’d see if there was something he could do.

The search resumed Thursday.

Josie Naterer, who is in B.C. with her husband to help with the effort, thanked Trudeau and community members for their support.

Greg Naterer said the search for their son started again because of the found fabric.

"The new piece of evidence ... is clumps of synthetic down that was in a area that was not checked," he said Thursday.

Vancouver police said they are using a drone to go over specific areas that have already been searched.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 22, 2020.

The Canadian Press