Nelson RCMP report that Nelson Search and Rescue located 42-year old Joe Moyer west of Copper Mountain forest road in Blewett on Tuesday evening. A search for the man began on Saturday afternoon as he was last seen leaving his home at approximately 5 a.m.

Joe Moyer found

Nelson Search and Rescue found the Blewett Man, missing since Saturday, on Tuesday evening.

Nelson RCMP report that Nelson Search and Rescue located Joe Moyer yesterday at 8:30 pm west of Copper Mountain forest road in Blewett. Moyer’s dog was found with him.

This area was focused on by Nelson Search and Rescue after the RCMP helicopter was called in to complete a second air search earlier in the day. A sighting was made by Air Services so a ground crew was sent in to follow up.  This lead was a result of friends finding a footprint beside 49 Creek the previous night.

The RCMP report that Moyer had multiple cuts and scratches when he was found but was not suffering any  other injuries.  He was taken to the hospital.

“The dedication of Nelson Search and Rescue, friends, and especially the family in working cooperatively to bring this to a successful conclusion was amazing,” said the RCMP’s Cpl. Michael Stefani.  “As well, our local media cannot be left out.  The speed and accuracy in getting our information out to the public speaks volumes to the  professionalism of our local outlets in supporting this community and they should be commended.”

On Tuesday, Nelson RCMP continued to search for a Blewett man who hadn’t returned to his home since he walked away barefoot around 5 a.m. Saturday with his black lab in tow.

Joe Moyer, 42, was believed to be heading west towards the Kootenay Canal. His family became concerned when he hadn’t returned later in the morning and called police for assistance just before noon.

On Tuesday, Insp. Tom Roy said an RCMP helicopter was being used with search and rescue personnel on board.

According to Roy, on Monday friends of Moyer’s family spotted bare footprints on a trail near the water box at 49 Creek in the drainage area, not far from Moyer’s home in the 4000 block of Blewett Rd.

Roy said the search team was trying to confirm the exact location of the footprints while the helicopter searched from  the air.

RCMP asked for the public’s help locating Moyer, whom they believe may need medical attention due to mental health issues.

Roy said Moyer hasn’t disappeared like this before but did say RCMP were “dealing with him last week” but couldn’t elaborate.

Police had asked people not to approach Moyer as it is reported his dog can be defensive on behalf of the owner.

On Saturday evening Nelson Search and Rescue and RCMP conducted a ground search of the area around Moyer’s residence and the Kootenay Canal/Rover Creek area, while friends and family conducted their own searches as well.

The family was concerned because Moyer hasn’t been eating regularly. His condition when last seen was described as “weak.”

-With files from Will Johnson

Just Posted

Selkirk College students protest proposed tuition increases

Sudents’ union says this year’s 2 per cent increase puts education out of reach for some

Nelson project funds rural schools in Nepal

Mountain trekker David Swain runs the Altitude Project

Trail area homicide investigation continues

Jan. 14 marked one year since Jordan Workman was discovered in the trunk of a burnt car

Leafs, Nitehawks settle for 4-4 tie

Nelson is now unbeaten in nine straight games

Former ski champ and MLA’s son hope to open Castlegar cannabis store next month

Felix Belczyk and Ben Conroy are in the approval process for local Spiritleaf outlet

UPDATE: B.C. legislature managers accused of excessive travel, personal expense claims

Clerk Craig James, security chief Gary Lenz call allegations ‘completely false’

B.C. man fined $10,000 after leaving moose to suffer before death

Surrey man was convicted last week on three Wildlife Act charges

‘Blue Monday’ isn’t real, but depression can be

CMHA encourages people to prioritize their mental health

Anti-pipeline group wants NEB to consider impact of emissions, climate change

Stand.earth filed NEB motion asking to apply same standard to the project as it did with Energy East pipeline

B.C. man charged in 2014 snake venom death of toddler

Henry Thomas was taking care of the North Vancouver girl the day before she died

Parole granted for drunk driver who killed B.C. RCMP officer

Kenneth Jacob Fenton will be able to attend alcohol abuse treatment, nearly three years after crash that killed Const. Sarah Beckett

B.C.’s largest public-sector union wants inquiry into money laundering, drugs

Union officials say Premier John Horgan and Attorney General David Eby have not ruled out the possibility of a public inquiry

Teen in confrontation with Native American: I didn’t provoke

Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School said he was trying to defuse the situation

New military armoury opens in Cranbrook

Military presence in the Key City a part of the 44th Engineer Squadron

Most Read