It’s been over three weeks since family or friends have heard from a 61-year-old man who disappeared in the Fairy Creek watershed area.

In a media release today, Sooke RCMP renewed call for information on the whereabouts of Gerald Kearney who has not been heard from since around 10 a.m. on October 13th.

Kearney was last seen walking between two encampments along the Granite Mainline Forest Service Road. He was known by the camp name “Smiley.”

He was reported missing to police on October 21st.

Kearny is described as a Caucasian, 5’4”, 210 pounds with shoulder length grey hair. He is also known by his camp name “Smiley”.

On Monday, November 1st, at the direction of Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue Search, the RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT) searched the area, including down the banks on each side of the trail.

“During this exhaustive all-day search, members of the ERT team were assisted by the use of a drone and police dog,” said RCMP Sgt. Kevin Shaw.

Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue also conducted searches over the last three weeks.

There are no more searches planned at this time.

A backpack belonging to Kearney was found in the area early in the investigation. VicPD is also making frequent visits to Kearney’s residence—who lives alone on a boat.


Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact the Lake Cowichan RCMP at (250) 749-6668.

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