Search for missing man called off
Published Monday October 12th, 2009
Police say the search for missing Fredericton man Jim Vanderfluit has been put on hold indefinitely.
Sgt. Paul Battiste said Sunday that no diving attempts were made over the weekend.
"Nobody is actively searching at this time," Battiste said. "Officers are certainly still keeping their eyes open for any leads."
Battiste said he didn't know whether the decision to call off the search would be reassessed.
Vanderfluit went missing Thursday at about 11 a.m. when he left his home to check on his kayak, which was docked by the Nashwaak River.
A police diving team searched the banks of the Nashwaak River and the St. John River on Friday. They were joined by a search helicopter, fire department boats and the York-Sunbury Search and Rescue team.
Police said the search didn't yield any new information.
Vanderfluit, 50, was last seen wearing a yellow hoodie, blue jeans and workboots.
He's 5'7" with a slight build, sandy blond hair and a grey moustache.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact city police at 460-2300.
N.B. family searches for missing kayaker
Published Monday November 23rd, 2009
Carolyn Flanagan is still looking for answers in the disappearance of her uncle, Jim Vanderfluit.
Since the 50-year-old man went missing Oct. 8, Flanagan said she and her family have spent most of their weekends searching for evidence about what happened.
Vanderfluit was last seen when he went to check on his kayak on the Nashwaak River.
He was wearing a yellow hoodie, blue jeans and work boots. He is about 5'7" with a slight build, sandy blond hair and a grey moustache. This weekend, about 10 people, including family, friends and local kayakers, continued to search along the banks of the Nashwaak River. On Saturday, they recovered a small piece of a kayak. Flanagan said her uncle, Peter Vanderfluit, Jim's brother, identified it as part of the missing kayak.
Flanagan said it was one of several small kayak pieces that have been recovered over the last couple of weeks.
She said the pieces were easily identifiable because of their distinctive colour.
"The kayak was bright blue," she said. "My uncle Peter used to own the kayak, and he knows exactly what it looks like."
Flanagan said it was frustrating for her and her family to have so little information as to what may have happened to her uncle, but she was encouraged that something more might turn up after finding the pieces.
"Every time you think you see something your heart skips a beat," she said. "I'm still optimistic. I'm glad we found some pieces of the kayak.
"It gives me a little bit of hope."
Flanagan said she plans to continue looking for any traces of her uncle until winter sets in. She's asking anyone from the public with experience carrying out a search or operating a kayak to help. She said it's difficult for her to co-ordinate searches from her home in Moncton.
"The more people that can get involved, the better," Flanagan said. "We also have a Facebook group called Let's Find Jim Vanderfluit, and we're encouraging anyone with a kind word to share about Jim to join."
Flanagan is asking anyone interested in helping with the search to contact her at 506-870-0672, or by email at email@example.com.