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Prince Rupert RCMP provide update on search for Adam Moore

Lance Clark and Inez Shanoss, the parents of Adam Moore, spoke at a press conference on Jan. 3.  - Martina Perry
Lance Clark and Inez Shanoss, the parents of Adam Moore, spoke at a press conference on Jan. 3.
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The family of 26-year-old Adam Moore, who has been missing since early Sunday morning, and Prince Rupert RCMP are pleading for information on Adam's disappearance from the public.

Prince Rupert RCMP spokesperson Matt Ericson, Adam's parents and Prince Rupert Mayor Jack Mussallem spoke at a press conference at City Hall today to discuss the progress of the extensive search for Adam, and to encourage anyone with information to come forward.

“At this stage in the investigation we are making every possible effort to locate Adam, and safely return him home to his family and friends. We're also appealing to Prince Rupert and the surrounding communities for any information that may assist us in furthering our investigation. Something that the public may feel is insignificant may be imperative to our investigation and we are urging the public to make contact with investigators,” Const. Ericson said.

Both Adam's mother Inez Shanoss and father Lance Clark spoke at the conference and thanked the community for its support.

“I hope and pray that he's safe ... We miss him so much and hope for his safe return,” Clark said.

“As Adam's mother, this has to be the most devastating part of my life. I love my son, and value him so much, with all my heart. It's frightening to be in this situation and not know where he is,” Shanoss said.

“We have faith that Adam's okay. If anyone knows anything ... Let us know."

Groups from Prince Rupert, Terrace and Kitimat have been searching the area between Prince Rupert and Terrace for Adam and his black 2005 Volkswagen Jetta, licence plate 517 NVV.

“As of daybreak tomorrow, our search teams will be continuing. Search and Rescue has indicated they may go out again this evening through the Auxiliary Coast Guard to continue the search around our bays and toward the Skeena River,” Ericson said.

Terrace Search and Rescue, Terrace RCMP, the RCMP Integrated Road Safety Unit and Prince Rupert RCMP Air Services began actively looking for Adam on Jan. 1, searching until nightfall.

At daybreak on Jan. 2 the search resumed, with Kitimat Search and Rescue and the Auxiliary Coast Guard joining the pursuit. However, poor weather conditions prevented an air search from taking place on the second day.

This morning, CN Rail Police, the Department of Fisheries, RCMP West Coast Marine Services and the Canadian Coast Guard Helicopter deployed additional support on both air and water, and to assist ground crews exploring the area along Highway 16 between Prince Rupert and Terrace.

“There was information RCMP received from a witness with regards to a phone call that was made in the early morning (of Dec.29). This call was to a person in Terrace, and he had indicated that he may travel to Terrace to go and visit them,” Ericson said.

“Currently investigators are also speaking with witnesses who had seen Adam the night prior and the morning of his disappearance. This is allowing the RCMP to establish a timeline of Adam's movements."

People close to Adam said they had noticed him showing symptoms of depression prior to his disappearance.

“I love you Adam. Come home, please ... Be strong,” Shanoss said.

“You have so many friends out there, and so many people that love you,” Clark said. "Just call us."

Adam was last seen around 7-11 in Prince Rupert at approximately 3:15 a.m. on Dec. 29.

“We are monitoring his banking activity, and at this point there has been no activity,” Ericson said, adding the last transaction was made on Dec. 29.

Moore is described as six feet tall, 176 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes.

As this investigation is ongoing, the Prince Rupert RCMP is asking anyone that may have information regarding this incident to contact the Prince Rupert RCMP Detachment at 250-627-0700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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