Hikers asked to keep eyes open for missing British tourist Tom Billings
VANCOUVER – The North Shore backcountry is officially open for the season and officials at North Shore Rescue are asking hikers to look out for a tourist who has been missing for more than seven months.
The last search for the 22-year-old man officially wrapped up in January, but the team at North Shore Rescue has not given up hope of finding him.
Tom Billings went missing on November 25 in Vancouver. He was supposed to go to the U.S. at the end of that month, and return to England on Dec. 7. However, he never showed up and no one has heard from him since.
North Shore Rescue leader Tim Jones devoted many hours to searching for Billings, much of it on his own time. Jones passed away in January.
The Vancouver Police have received numerous tips about Billings and what may have happened to him, but they have exhausted them all.
In January, Jones told Global News that two female hikers may have seen Billings in the Lynn Headwaters area the day he went missing.
One of the hikers saw a tweet mentioning the search for Billings, which jogged her memory about the possible sighting back in November.
The two women then decided to contact the North Vancouver RCMP.
Billings’ family says he is a very experienced hiker and has travelled all over the world.
He is described as Caucasian, 5’7” tall, 160 pounds, with blonde short hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a black jacket and grey military style pants.
Anyone with information on the disappearance of Billings is asked to call the Vancouver Police Department at 717-3321.
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