Teams continue search for man following P.E.I. car accident
Published Thursday, January 3, 2013 11:24AM AST
Last Updated Thursday, January 3, 2013 1:34PM AST
KINKORA, P.E.I. -- Crews in P.E.I. resumed their search Thursday for a man who appeared to wander off after his car veered off a road near Kinkora and flipped on its roof.
Sgt. Andrew Blackadar said RCMP search and rescue teams, along with service dogs, were combing woods and snow-covered fields around Kinkora as they looked for Justin Brad Hunter.
"Over the past 24 hours, we've had some very low wind chills," he said. "We don't know if he was dressed appropriately for the outdoors and that is causing a great amount of concern right now -- we have to locate Mr. Hunter as soon as possible."
He said the temperature, with wind chill, was dipping to -27 C.
The car registered to the 32-year-old Island man was discovered by a passing motorist at 3 p.m. Wednesday. It was down an embankment and on its roof off Route 225.
Teams searched the area until midnight Wednesday and found no trace of Hunter, but were hoping to get a helicopter to join the search.
He said it appeared Hunter may have walked to the road based on footprints around the car, but blowing snow filled in some of the tracks making it difficult to follow his path.
Blackadar said police were also asking residents to check their sheds and outbuildings for any sign of Hunter.
Hunter was dropped off at his home at 1 a.m. Wednesday and hadn't been heard from by friends or family since then.