2019-07-10

Search continues for missing man near Keji

by Kevin Mcbain And Charles Mandel

  • <p>RCMP PHOTO</p><p>Bradley James Hall, 46, went missing Near Kejimkujik National Park July 1. Members of the RCMP, Parks Canada, Ground Search and Rescue and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre have been searching after he and a nine-year-old girl were reported missing on the evening of July 1.</p>

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The search continues for 46-year-old Bradley James Hall after he and his nine-year-old daughter were reported missing July 1 after 6:00 p.m.

Nova Scotia RCMP spokesperson, Jennifer Clarke, told LighthouseNOW that the focus is on finding Hall and "hopefully we'll have some good news to report later today."

Hall and his daughter were overdue from a three-day canoeing and camping trip, leaving from Milford House June 28, planning to paddle the Mersey River, aiming to arrive at Jake's Landing in Kejimkujik National Park June 30.

The girls was found uninjured, shortly after 1:30 p.m. July 1.

The current search area is outside the boundary of Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. Soon after the search began, the canoe was located, abandoned along the route. Searchers also have located two campsites which indicated the pair headed inland once they left the canoe.

The search began on Canada Day after Annapolis District RCMP responded to a call that two people, 46-year-old Bradley Hall and a nine-year-old girl were overdue from a three-day canoeing and camping trip. The pair were well-prepared for the trip and had sufficient camping equipment and provisions with them, according to a RCMP release.

They left Milford House on June 28 and planned to paddle the Mersey River, aiming to arrive at Jake's Landing in Kejimkujik National Park on June 30. Once the search began, the canoe was located, abandoned along the route. Searchers also located two campsites which indicated the pair headed inland once they left the canoe.

A command post for the search has been set up inside Kejimkujik National Park. The search is being led by the RCMP and is being assisted by Parks Canada, and Ground Search and Rescue personnel. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre is no longer involved in the search, an individual at the centre told LighthouseNOW.

Clarke didn't know the number of people looking for Hall, but described it as a large contingent, noting that search and rescue people had arrived the morning of July 3 from a "quite a wide area."

A search of the ground and shoreline in the area is underway.

Hall is described as an Indigenous man, with grey medium length hair, brown eyes, and was wearing a brown long sleeve shirt, tan pants, and brown shoes.

The pair were in a red, 15-foot long canoe which had "Mad River Canoe" on the side. They had a large tent which was blue, teal, and beige. The RCMP is requesting that anyone that has any information that could help with the investigation to please call the RCMP immediately.

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