This Friday will mark one month since Shin Noh disappeared from his Coquitlam home.
Though the family of the missing man has attempted to get back to normal life, the search for the father and husband continues.
“I have to search. Regardless of what everyone else does, I’m going to search,” his son Sam told the Tri-Cities NOW on Wednesday,
“Whether we find him alive or not, this is something I have to do for my mom and my family.”
Despite Shin Noh being missing for a month during, at times, nasty weather, Sam said he still believes his father is alive.
He suggested his dad is probably confused, scared and possibly paranoid.
So Sam, along with his family and the community, has kept the search going well into the fall.
Just last week, searchers focused on New Westminster after a possible sighting at a Tim Horton’s in that community.
Searchers were also out scouring the area around Coquitlam River looking for the missing man.
Noh, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, was last seen by his wife on the morning of Sept. 18 before he left his house near Lansdowne Drive and Guildford Way for his morning walk.
When he didn't return a few hours later, the family called police.
Since then, an army of volunteers has scoured the Tri-Cities and beyond looking for Noh.
There have been many possible sightings — some considered credible — but the 64-year-old remains missing.
While the days and weeks that pass don’t get any easier for the family, Sam said the support from the community is giving them hope.
“The community is still engaged and obviously they want to bring him home,” he said.
And as the search continues, there has been some confusion that Noh had been found.
People have been taking down posters of Noh around the community.
The family wants the public to know that Noh is still missing, but not to be afraid to approach him if they think they see him.
Sam said some people are scared his father will become physically violent if approached because of the disease, but he added that wouldn’t happen.
He suggested there is a misunderstanding about the illness.
Coquitlam RCMP also took the unusual step Wednesday to discuss the detachment’s involvement in the case.
More specifically, Mounties posted an open letter from RCMP Supt. Claude Wilcott insisting investigators have done everything in their power to find Noh.
The letter suggested there are questions being asked about whether investigators could or should be doing more to find the missing man.
“After reviewing the file personally I want to assure everyone who has participated in or followed the search for Mr. Noh that, from the moment Sam Noh reported his father missing and the file was assessed as ‘high risk’ due to Mr. Noh’s age and his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, every investigative step that could have been taken has been taken,” the letter stated.
“Further, every step my team has taken has been taken without delay.”
The letter also noted police have followed up on the 110-plus tips that have come in since the disappearance.
Noh is described as Korean, standing five feet, six inches tall, of average build, clean-shaven with short black hair greying on the sides.
He was wearing a black New York Rangers baseball cap, a green and navy blue long-sleeved plaid shirt, dark green pants and black dress shoes.
Noh’s family mentioned he was also wearing a Medical Alert bracelet.
He did not have a cellphone, cash or a credit card when he went for his walk.
For updates on the search, the family has set up a Facebook page under Noh’s name, as well as a website, shin-noh.ca.
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