The Vancouver Police and North Shore Rescue are asking for the public’s help to find a missing 21-year-old man, Liang Jin.

Mr. Jin is described as Asian, 5’6″ tall, with a slim build. It is believed he may be wearing a black Salomon brand backpack with white stripes on the straps. Leon may have traveled by public transit as his bicycle was found by his family in the downtown apartment he lives in.

Liang, who also goes by the name Leon Joy, last made contact by text message with his father on the morning of December 31st. In the text message he said he was going hiking, but gave no indication where. He has not been heard from or seen since. Further investigation of his computer and internet search history has shown that Liang was researching hikes/locations on the North Shore prior to going missing. Police believe that Liang may have taken a bus from downtown Vancouver to the North Shore mountains, with specific interest in Lynn Headwaters and the Hanes Valley. As such, NSR has been activated to conduct search operations in the Lynn Headwaters, Hanes Valley, and Grouse areas, as weather permits.

We are asking the public to please report any sightings of the Liang Jim to police through 911. While the investigation has indicated a significant possibility of the North Shore, he may be elsewhere.  If you have seen him, or think you may have, please contact police immediately as any information is critical.

We also ask that you share this information and his photo with any of your friends, family, acquaintances who may have been hiking (anywhere in Metro Vancouver) since December 31st.

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Jan 5 @ 1400 – NSR field teams are now sign cutting the Hanes Valley area. Weather conditions are marginal. Below are pictures sent in from the field team to command.

January 5, 2015 @ 1500 – Updated VPD Media Release

January 5, 2015 @ 1800 – Global BC coverage of on-going SAR operation

January 6, 2015 @ 0730 – NSR conducting second day of search operations in the Lynn Headwaters and Hanes Valley areas.

January 6, 2014 @ 1400 – Search is on-going with still no sign of Liang Jin. Pictures from the field below:

January 6, 2014 @ 1500 – Pictures from the field

January 7, 2014 @ 1200 – NSR Received possible intel on subject location:

NSR is very interested in speaking with the couple in their sixties who were snowshoeing near Yew Lake on the evening of Dec 31st, 2014. They mentioned to another female snowshoer/hiker that they encountered a lone young male who was on his way on the Howe Sound Crest Trail to Lion’s Bay. If you know this couple please have them contact Bruce, Search Manager at 604-313-4677 as soon as possible.