79-year-old man lacking after heading up Island on solo tenting journey


A man believed to be heading north from Nanaimo on a camping trip has been reported missing.

According to a press release, Nanaimo RCMP said it is seeking the public’s help in locating Roy Olson, 79, who has not been seen since July 25. He told his family he was going to Campbell River, followed by Gold River, and then Port Hardy. His family said he’s usually gone between four and five days, but has never been away that long. They are extremely concerned for his safety and well-being, the press release said.

He was traveling in a white Dodge camper van with BC registration MN7 43L. He travels with his tan and black Rhodesian Ridgeback dog. He is known for hiking trails with his dog and avoiding crowds and campsites whenever possible, the press release said.

Anyone with information about Olson is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency number at 250-2345 quoting file number 2022-26644.

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Nanaimo RCMP is appealing for public assistance in finding Roy Olson, who has not been seen since July 25. He was believed to be traveling to the island on a camping trip. (Submitted photo)