Date
20 September 2017
Chan Wing-wah, 53, has been reported missing while hiking alone in Tai Po on Monday. Photo: Internet
Chan Wing-wah, 53, has been reported missing while hiking alone in Tai Po on Monday. Photo: Internet

Civil servant, 53, goes missing during hike in Tai Po

Police, firefighters and the Government Flying Services have been searching since Monday morning for a man reported missing while hiking alone in Tai Po.

Chan Wing-wah, 53, an employee of the Audit Commission, was reported missing by his wife at around 1 a.m. on Monday, Apple Daily reports.

Chan, his wife and a group of relatives and friends had been barbecuing near Tai Mei Tuk on Sunday morning when Chan set off for Plover Cove Country Park, saying he wanted to take some photos.

He contacted his wife in the afternoon via WhatsApp and also sent a selfie at around 1 p.m. that day, showing that his location was near Cheung Pai Tun.

At 3 p.m., he texted his wife that he would be back home by around 8 p.m. Chan’s wife called the police at 1 a.m. Monday after failing to get in touch with Chan.

Chan is 173 cm tall, with short black hair, squarish face and slim build. He was last seen wearing a blue and white long sleeve shirt and black pants. He was also carrying a black pouch and a black backpack.

The search continued throughout the night with the police, firefighters and the Civil Aid Service covering different areas. The Government Flying Services had also sent helicopters to help the search. Four firefighters brought in search dogs.

A hiker said he had seen a person that matched Chan’s description. It is possible that Chan was last seen at around 3 p.m. Monday asking another hiker for some water and directions to Wu Kau Tang at Luk Wu Tung.

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