UPDATE: Tragic end to search for missing hunter from Hughes Brook

    RCMP provided an update just after 9:15 p.m. Saturday night.

    The search for a missing hunter from Hughes Brook has come to a tragic end. 67 year-old Gary Wells was last seen on November 5 when he left his residence on an ATV for a hunting trip in the Goose Arm Road area.

    The man was reported missing on Friday, November 10, and police initiated a search with the assistance of RCMP Police Dog Services and Bay of Islands Volunteer Search & Rescue.

    RCMP provided an update just after 9:15 p.m. on Saturday night saying the man had been located deceased.


    Earlier story:

    Corner Brook RCMP and BOISAR are searching for a missing hunter, 67-year-old Gary Wells of Hughes Brook, who was last seen on November 5th. This morning, Corner Brook RCMP received the report and confirmed that Wells had departed his residence on an all-terrain vehicle Sunday past.  He was believed to be headed to the area of Goose Arm Road, behind Hughes Brook (moose hunting area 5). Wells was wearing a black helmet and a black and grey woods jacket.  The ATV is a grey 2017 Can-Am Outlander quad with NL licence plate VGV 338.  

    Search efforts are currently underway, including grounds searches by Bay of Island Ground Search and Rescue, RCMP Police Dog Services, and Corner Brook and Deer Lake Detachments.  A helicopter with Provincial Air Services is on standby due to current weather conditions.

    Corner Brook RCMP asks the public to immediately report any sightings of the ATV and to refrain from searching to allow effective search efforts by Police Dog Services.  Anyone having information on the current location of Gary Wells is asked to contact Corner Brook RCMP at 709-634-4433.


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