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Searchers looking for mushroom picker locate body
Police believe they have found the body of a mushroom picker who was reported missing on September 19.
Kyung Chun was mushroom picking with a friend in the Fostall Creek area on Saturday, Sept. 14, when he got lost on the remote logging roads. On Monday, Sept. 16, some hunters found his van down a remote logging road and when it was still there several days later, they reported the situation to police, who launched a search.
In a news release, Nakusp RCMP said that on Saturday, Oct. 5, a police dog handler who was involved in the search located a hat in the Fostall area that was believed to belong to the missing man.
On Sunday, Oct. 6, Nakusp Search and Rescue, along with the RCMP Police Service Dog, located a male body in the bush. The body was found about three kilometres along Spur P of the Fostall Creek Forest Service Road, and a further 40 metres into the bush.
Spur P is where Chun's van was found.
A positive identification of the body has yet to be made and the case is being investigated by the BC Coroners Service. There were no obvious signs of trauma and foul play is not suspected, RCMP said.
In an interview with the Burnaby News Leader prior to the body’s discovery, Chun’s daughter Sandra raised many questions about what happened to her father. She said he didn’t usually leave the van while mushroom picking, and usually just kept watch on his partner. She also believed he would have stuck to the roads and not entered the bush.
“We’re just hoping we find something. We don’t want (his disappearance) to be unanswered,” she said. “There’s obviously something that happened when he left the van, to make the choices he did. It’s horrific. It’s a nightmare.”
With files from Chris Bryan/Black Press