Ken Welte, Ladysmith Search and Rescue, left, and Chris O’Grady, Nanaimo Search and Rescue, pause during their search on bicycles for Cortney Latoski on Wednesday morning. Latoski was reported missing Tuesday, but was reported to be found safe and sound by Nanaimo RCMP on Wednesday. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)

Missing Nanaimo hiker safely located

Search and rescue teams, RCMP were involved in search in south Nanaimo

The search for a 51-year-old man who had been missing in the south Nanaimo ended with him being located and is safe and sound, say Nanaimo RCMP.

Nanaimo Search and Rescue launched a search in the area of the Living Forest Campground, located on Maki Road, Tuesday night.

According to police, Cortney Latoski was last seen at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Southgate Mall. The Nanaimo RCMP were contacted by family members around 6 p.m. last night and immediately contacted NSAR for assistance.

Latoski, who has MS, is an avid hiker and is known to hike for several hours at a stretch. When he did not return to his home by 3 p.m., his family became worried and searched for him for several hours before contacting the Nanaimo RCMP for help.

Latoski’s hikes are usually in the area of Maki Road, including the area of the Living Forest Campground and the surrounding forest.

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Nanaimo Search and Rescue started its search for Latoski at approximately 9 p.m. Tuesday and searched until 2:30 a.m. without success. The search was expected to recommence at 8:30 am on this morning.

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