Please see the heartfelt thank you from Martin and Laura Billings below:
Tom, our beloved son, disappeared on 25 November 2013.
We are utterly devastated and miss him so badly.
The efforts made by North Shore Rescue to locate Tom in the backcountry have been one of the things that has kept us going.
First Tim Jones and, following Tim’s sad loss, Mike Danks have led a determined mission which has given us so much inspiration.
Bruce has done so much. Paul and Alex; so many others. It would not be right to try to single anyone out. All of the volunteers who have gone out to look for Tom, who have recorded where they have searched, either on co-ordinated missions or private hiking trips into the mountains have played a huge part. Those we have spoken to at NSR training sessions, or shared a meal with afterwards, or have said hello when they have seen us in North Vancouver. Everyone from NSR and the volunteers from Coquitlam Search and Rescue and Lions Bay SAR who searched on 4 October.
After the huge efforts made by all of you on Saturday, and the pilots at Talon Helicopters, the outcome was not what anyone had hoped. But the job could not have been done any better.
This is a thank you to everyone. You have made a difference to our lives by helping and by caring.
You are all remarkable people and Tim would have been truly proud of all of you.
Martin and Laura Billings
While all official search efforts are now stood down (without new evidence coming to light), members of NSR will remain ever vigilant when working or recreating in the area. We also ask that public do the same (see Tom Billings).
I have included a series of pictures from the October 4, 2014 final search day showing the type of terrain over 40 members searched tirelessly for any sign of Tom.