Today (Friday) marks 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 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.
Just last week, searchers focused on New West after a possible sighting at a Tim Horton's in that community.
Searchers were also out scouring the area around the 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.
Coquitlam RCMP took the unusual step Wednesday of discussing the detachment's involvement in the case.
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 noted police have followed up on the 110-plus tips that have come in.
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