UPDATE: As of 2:15 p.m. on Monday July 6, the two teenage boys were located by RCMP air services helicopter after their vehicle got stuck on a back road in the Copper Canyon area of Chemainus.
“The boys are safe and returning home to their families in Langford,” said Cpl. Chris Dovell in a statement.
“Thank you to all the first responders, search and rescue personnel and community members for your hard work to help locate them.”
Earlier: Multiple police detachments are searching for two teenage boys from Langford after they did not return home from what was supposed to be a day trip in Lake Cowichan.
At around 10:30 a.m on Sunday, July 5, 18-year-old Dylan Deroy and 15-year-old Jordan Phillion embarked on a trip to the Duncan/ Lake Cowichan area.
According to West Shore RCMP, the boys had only packed for enough supplies for the day so it is assumed that they were not planning an overnight camping trip.
When the boys failed to return home on Sunday, their families contacted West Shore RCMP and Lake Cowichan RCMP.
Police determined that Deroy’s cell phone was used near the 300 block of Gibbins Rd in North Cowichan at 11:34 a.m. that day, and has not been used since.
“Dylan was driving. They could be anywhere between Port Alberni Lake Cowichan and the Pacific Marine route,” reads a Facebook post from Deroy’s mother.
Since it was posted this morning, the Facebook post has been shared nearly 2,500 times.
The pair are believed to be travelling on back roads toward Youbou/ Lake Cowichan in Deroy’s white 1996 GMC Sonoma pickup truck, licence plate PD3539. The vehicle has a “Syclone” sticker on the right side.
Local Search and Rescue teams have been deployed by Lake Cowichan RCMP and an RCMP helicopter and Civil Air Search and Rescue planes will be conducting an aerial search.
Anyone who has information on their whereabouts or has observed a white GMC Sonoma is urged to contact their local police immediately or call 911.