A missing 17-year-old girl in Whistler Village was safely reunited with her parents on Sunday after disappearing Saturday afternoon.
According to the RCMP they received a missing person report just after 6 p.m. on Saturday. Visitors in Whistler on a day trip from New Westminster said their oldest daughter disappeared after a bathroom break in the Hilton Hotel two hours earlier. She left the bathroom before her mother and younger sister, walked past her father and brother, and wasn't found until the next day.
Police on foot, on bikes and in vehicles joined the search through the night, and Search and Rescue were mobilized the next day. Posters went up in the village and a police dog team was called in from the Lower Mainland.
The search was called off at approximately 2:30 p.m. Sunday when the girl called her parents. She had spent the previous night in a wooded area at the base of Whistler Mountain. She had run away as a result of some family issues.
The RCMP were concerned as the girl is an epileptic and did not have her medication with her when she disappeared.
Another bank fraud reported
Investigators from the Whistler RCMP met with representatives from the Squamish detachment this week to determine whether the same suspect may be responsible for bank frauds in both communities.
The RCMP received a call on Tuesday regarding a case of bank fraud that was similar to a case already under investigation in Whistler. A young male opened accounts at local bank branches, deposited fake cheques and then withdrew money from bank machines before the cheques could be discovered. Roughly $30,000 was taken.
The RCMP have video footage of the suspect and the investigation is continuing.
Suspected car thief escapes
A motivated car thief sidled up to a Bullmastiff in what appears to be an attempt to steal a pickup truck from Lot 5 on Aug. 28. He was thwarted when the vehicle's owner returned from the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.
At roughly 4:30 p.m. the man returned to his vehicle and found another man in the driver's seat and holding a screwdriver. He had gained entry through a window that was kept open for the dog.
A confrontation ensued, where the suspected thief threatened the vehicle's owner with what appeared to be bear spray. He then fled on foot. The truck's owner contacted the RCMP who sent patrols to the day lots, but after a long search they could not locate the suspect.