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Discussion: Peter Jolles missing in B.C.

in: Adventure Racing; General

Jun 21, 2022 1:19 AM # 
Conman:
See this article: https://www.castanet.net/news/BC/372490/American-m...

Very concerning.
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Jun 21, 2022 6:30 PM # 
StrongMachine:
I have been in contact with several people getting the latest info from the search and will provide any updates I can here. Holding out hope he's OK.
Jun 21, 2022 6:43 PM # 
MHtrailvet:
Thanks Cliff
Jun 21, 2022 7:07 PM # 
Conman:
Thank you, SM.
Jun 22, 2022 1:31 AM # 
StrongMachine:
Hi all,
The search has been temporarily suspended due to bad water conditions and probably won't resume until Thursday at the earliest.
USARA is planning on issuing a statement tomorrow (Wednesday).
Here's the latest news on the search:
https://globalnews.ca/news/8936774/search-missing-...
- Cliff
Jun 22, 2022 2:39 AM # 
StrongMachine:
And a new update from RCMP:
https://www.myeastkootenaynow.com/24282/news/colum...
Jun 22, 2022 4:00 PM # 
StrongMachine:
From Terri, Peter's girlfriend, posting on Facebook:
Hi, this is Terri. I don't have social media so maybe his page is the best way to share. Peter is my best friend, my life partner, my lover, my everything. Peter is the smartest, most resourceful, strongest, toughest, hottest, most creative, most gentle and gracious person that I have had the privilege to know. He is my everything.
I know that all of us are in a great deal of pain. I want you to know that he always sees people with compassion and kindness, with amazing amounts of forgiveness. If you are reading this, he loves you. He thinks well of you. He is grateful for his time with you and for knowing you. He told me recently, curled up in bed, with that pensive look of his, that he thinks he is the happiest he has ever been in his life.
Search and rescue came from four different locations, trucks, dogs, helicopters, police officers, along with countless others to help me look for the love of my life. There will be a drone coming. Unfortunately, it is not looking for life. It will be looking at the many log jams in the river that were not safe for rescue to reach.
I'm sorry for this massive loss for each of us, and for the world. He has skills and abilities that can't be matched. Peter took excellent care of Adelyn and me and our dog and our chickens and the cats. He took care of everything. He made our lives amazing.
Thank you to everyone who has been reaching out. Your texts and phone calls and offers to help when we get back home mean a lot. We are going to need it.
Jun 22, 2022 5:31 PM # 
StrongMachine:
USARA's statement:
https://www.usara.com/tales-from-ta-the-usara-blog...
Jun 22, 2022 5:51 PM # 
Bash:
Heartbreaking.
Jun 23, 2022 4:30 AM # 
bugeater:
Thank you SM and usara.
Jun 24, 2022 1:38 AM # 
StrongMachine:
Please don't share this on Facebook or any other places where Peter's family might inadvertently see it, as I have not had a chance to talk to anyone except for a few people from the AR community about it. But yesterday, I spoke to the director of communications for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Columbia Valley, which is overseeing the search.

She said they have been up and down the banks of the entire river where Peter could be and are now transitioning to an "in-water search." They'll be using drones to assist the search, and maybe eventually divers, but right now the water levels are too high to be safe to operate in. She said she had the utmost respect for adventure racers and for Peter's skills and said he did everything right from a safety perspective, including the use of a Spot Tracker, though apparently it was not transmitting correctly. But there is inherent danger in taking on a whitewater packraft trip solo, especially with water levels as high as they are right now, which could have changed the way the river typically runs in a more dangerous way. She expressed her deepest sympathies on behalf of the RCMP to Peter's family and friends for the difficulty of the situation, particularly the fact that Peter is still classified as missing, which is so tough to process mentally.

As of Thursday, the search is still postponed and the communications director asked the public, including friends and others wanting to help with the search, to keep away from the area, as she said it was not safe and might impede or otherwise impact the process being used by search and rescue and the RCMP.

If anyone has any questions about the process or anything else you'd like me to try to answer, I will do my best.
Jun 24, 2022 6:34 AM # 
Conman:
SM: Tons of thanks for your proactive engagement with the investigators on behalf of Peter, Peter's family & friends, and our whole AR community.

Yes, the "missing" status keeps hope alive, but also begins to sound hollow after so much time and given the present circumstances. Closure begins to be desired for better (Yay!) or worse.

I'm trying to find within me thankfulness for the times I got to spend around Peter and communicating with or tracking him in races from afar. He always impressed me with his calm demeanor, his skill, and his thoughtfulness.

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