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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Happy Birthday, Ty

Today, you are 36 years old. We all miss you and love you. Wherever you might be, we hope that you know that you are thought about every single day, but today especially.

Happy 36th Birthday, Ty.

We miss you.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

October Update

Unfortunately, we do not have anything substantial to report. We have sent out a few more flights and do not have any new information that would help us determine Ty's whereabouts.

The area that the fire-pit was found a few weeks ago is an area that SAR has been to. Although they haven't ruled out that it was Ty's, it is difficult to determine how old it is due to the rain and snow that has come through the area since.

We are still taking any leads seriously so if you or anyone you know is hiking or has hiked the that area, please post us a message and it will be looked into.

With Thanksgiving come and gone, we are thankful for the years of joy Ty has brought to us all. A reminder to everyone to be Thankful for those you love and cherish every day with them. We miss you Ty!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


The month of September has proved to be quite challenging for the search efforts. The heavy rainfalls, high winds and low cloud cover have not allowed us to get as much done as we had hoped but here is an update on what has been done.

As you may know, SAR did open the search back up for a couple of days at the beginning of the month. For two reasons: 1. to cover off areas that were not complete during the initial search and, 2. to investigate some areas of interest. SAR went back in to some very rough areas to search further. They had to be long-lined into Disc Creek/Spindle Creek areas. No evidence of Ty was found.

We have hired quite a few private helicopters, over 35hrs worth, with trained spotters since then. The first helicopter to go out was rigged with a special camera and had the doors removed for low altitude spotting. The areas that they have been flown include: Bull Canyon, Warner Creek, the West Ridge Line into the Coquitlam River drainage, Pitt Pass Junction and The East Ridge above Debeck Creek. The Debeck pass, Homer Creek, Homer Drainage and the entire Fools Gold Trail was flown over again in their entirety and 85-90% of the Coquitlam River was flown at low altitudes and at low speed. During these flights an old Cairn was found. Searchers were put back on the ground to search the surrounding areas of the Cairn, but no eveidence of Ty was found.

A second helicopter company was hired for a different perspective. The areas they covered were Mostly Bull Canyon, Debeck Pass and Warner drainage. They also found no signs of Ty, however did report a lot of wildlife activity.

A third Helicopter was hired and they were able to fly with cameras mounted at low altitude at low speed. They started at Warner Drainage and criss-crossed the search area East to West, heading North through Boise Bumps into Homer Creek/Homer Drainage. At the first opportunity of sunshine, they went out just this past Thursday, September 23rd, and spotted an old fire pit as well as partial prints. This information was passed on to Squamish SAR right away and we are waiting to hear if they will be investigating this find.

There hasn't been a stretch of consecutive sunny days for hikers and ground crews to search. We are hoping that in the next couple of weeks we will be able to get some people out on the ground, provided the weather cooperates.

Again, we thank you all for your support, positive comments and generosity.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Since the SAR search was suspended on Sunday August 29th, Ty's family and friends have not backed off at all. We have chartered helicopters with trained spotters to fly various areas along Ty's suspected route including the Coquitlam River, Coquitlam Watershed, Bull Creek, Debeck Creek, Pitt Pass, Homer Creek and Mamquam. Special attention was paid to creekbeds and ridgelines as it was known that Ty was especially interested in the viewpoints. Due to these flights we have been able to identify some additional areas of his potential route that need to be explored further.

We have also had various volunteers who have began hiking and searching the Pitt Lake and Widgeon creek areas. On Thursday, Coquitlam SAR sent out a few crews to attempt to search areas that had not been completed from the original search including the Coquitlam River and Disc Creek, by foot. We are awaiting an update on the completion of this effort.

On Friday, a team of family and friends were boated up to the northern tip of Indian Arm and hiked to the Coquitlam Watershed and North toward the Anne Lakes. We spent a total of 10hrs on the ground and, while we did not find any signs of Ty, we were able to appreciate the dedication it takes to conduct a search like this.

We have scheduled air searches for this week but have been delayed due to weather. We will continue to charter helicopter flights, explore the hiring of private search crews, as well as conduct additional ground searching to find Ty.

Your inspiring comments and kind words have helped us all to get through each day with the hope that he will be found very soon. We are very thankful to all of you who have allowed us to keep looking for Ty through your generous donations.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Search continues

We are still focusing on locating Tyler.  SAR has identified some areas that need to be searched further, notably the Coquitlam Watershed, from the northern tip down.  We have received a number of offers from volunteers to go in and search areas surrounding the watershed and Bull Creek/Warner Creek/Bull Bowl. These offers are much appreciated. 

We have hired private helicopters to fly the drainage areas and will continue with these efforts.  We are also strongly considering expanding the search to include ground searching of areas outside of the original search as there is some thought that Ty may have attempted to hike the "Ridgeline Trail" between Indian Arm and the Coquitlam Watershed.  

Many people continue to ask how they can donate funds towards Tyler's search. Please use the PayPal link at the top left of this screen or write a cheque to Ty's sister, Carmen:

Carmen Hebert
11225 Palmer Rolph Street
Maple Ridge BC

It is the generosity of all of you, that has allowed us to continue with the search efforts to find Tyler.

Thank You for your continued support,

Tyler's Family

Monday, August 30, 2010

A message from the family

As reported, the RCMP have suspended their 12 day search to locate Tyler.  We are very grateful for the immense effort by the volunteers at Search & Rescue.   They have sacrificed a great deal personally to help us determine Tyler's whereabouts.  However, he has not been found yet and we have chosen as a family to continue the search to locate Ty privately.

The search teams have been able to confirm that Ty has been in specific areas along the Fools Gold Trail, but have been unable to continue to locate his tracks.  The area is very dense and vast and the searchers have indicated that they could have easily walked right past him without notice, due to the terrain.

For those who have met Ty, would know that he is a super passionate person and is not a quitter.  He is physically strong and resourceful and we believe that he is still
out there waiting for us.  Tyler would not quit on any one of us and we will not stop searching until he is found.

We are overwhelmed with the amount of emotional and financial support from family, friends, and perfect strangers that have allowed us to continue our private search.  We are only beginning to understand the number of lives that Ty has touched.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Family continues to search for Tyler


Family continues search for missing hiker, Tyler Wright

Vancouver, B.C., August 29, 2010 - The RCMP and Search and Rescue (SAR) have announced that organized search activities for missing hiker Tyler Wright will be suspended today, after twelve days of working in the area as the local terrain has not been conducive to yielding enough clues regarding Tyler's whereabouts. Without further information to identify Tyler's path through the area, SAR feel the need to stop the search.

Tyler's family would like to extend their deepest thanks to the RCMP and SAR for their efforts to date. "Every person involved in this search has devoted an enormous amount of their own time for a person that they have never met", says Tyler's mother, Evelyn Wright, "their dedication in looking for Tyler has been inspiring."

Tyler's family intends to continue their search efforts and are still investigating their course of action. With the warm weather, abundant water, and many potential food sources in the area, a person could survive an extended period. "Ty is a competent outdoorsman, and extremely fit; he is an incredibly resourceful and determined person", says close friend Evian Macmillan. "His determination fuels ours to continue the search.”

"The response has been overwhelming", says Tyler's father, Phillip Wright. "We want to thank everyone who has donated money, their equipment, and most importantly their time towards searching for our son. More than 27,000 views and over 700 of tips have been come through our online efforts.”

For more information on how you can help, please go to

Media are encouraged to contact Ricky Hebert (Tyler’s brother-in-law) at 604 351 4155 or


Saturday, August 28, 2010

New footage

New HD Videos from August 27th

We have uploaded new HD video from a surveillance flight at very low levels.
Please look for a blue tarp, fire pits, odd arrangements of rocks and/or logs and of course any humans.
You will see orange tags in some videos.  These are left by ground searchers.  You will also see newly cut small trees which was to create heli landing zones.
These are our best videos to date and there are many to please pass this task on to your friends so we can find Tyler!
EVERY comment is reviewed, guaranteed.

Email comments/findings to

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Video's and Photostreams from yesterdays flights

Your eyes are much appreciated. Thank you for all of your efforts thus far!

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