‘Beloved’ Whistler Search and Rescue volunteer missing, last seen in Pemberton, B.C.

Toby Salin, a member of the Whistler Search and Rescue Society, was reported missing on June 16, 2022.
Toby Salin, a member of the Whistler Search and Rescue Society, was last seen in Pemberton, B.C. on June 16, 2022. Handout/B.C. RCMP

Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing volunteer from the Whistler Search and Rescue Society.

Toby Salin was last seen in Pemberton, B.C. on Thursday around 9 a.m. His truck was later found off West Lillooet Lake Road around the In-SHUCK-ch Forest Service Road south of Pemberton.

In a Friday news release, Whistler and Pemberton RCMP said they completed a sweep of the area with local search and rescue teams, RCMP air services, canine units, the Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police, volunteers, and the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team.

They found no sign of Salin.

Toby Salin has been a Whistler Search and Rescue Society volunteer for more than eight years. Brad Sills/Whistler Search and Rescue Society
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The Whistler Search and Rescue Team shared the RCMP’s missing person release to its Facebook page “with great sadness” on Friday, imploring anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact police.

“Toby Salin is a beloved member of the WSAR family, having joined the team over eight years ago,” wrote Whistler Search and Rescue president Brad Sills in a written statement.

“Toby brings a plethora of outdoor skills including mountain biking, skiing and snowmobiling to the team’s collective toolbox.”

Sills said Salin’s disappearance along the remote forest service road is “not out of character,” as he was likely “scoping out his next big adventure in the mountains he loves so much.”

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Volunteers, police and rescue crews spent Saturday searching the shoreline and river obstacles of the Lower Lillooet River.

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Salin is described as a 51-year-old caucasian man, about five feet nine inches tall and 200 pounds. He has short blond hair and blue eyes.

Pemberton RCMP can be reached with information about his whereabouts at 604-894-6694, and tips can be sent anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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