Update: Missing person located ‘safe and sound’ after Revelstoke SAR search

A Revelstoke Search & Rescue spokesperson said about 100 people are involved in an active search for Revelstoke resident Julie Martel, who was reported missing by her husband on Oct. 11. She was located at around 1:40 p.m.

Residents gather outside the Revelstoke Search & Rescue office downtown on Oct. 12. The search for a missing resident was called off at about 1: 40 p.m.

UPDATE: 1:45 p.m.

At 1:40 p.m., Revelstoke Search & Rescue spokesperson Giles Shearing emerged from the search organization offices to tell a group of waiting searchers that the missing woman had been located “safe and sound.”

The search is now wrapping up.

Volunteers gather outside the Revelstoke Search & Rescue office downtown on Oct. 12. The search for a missing resident was called off at about 1:40 p.m. after the missing resident was located. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

ORIGINAL STORY:

Revelstoke Search & Rescue is coordinating a large search for a woman reported missing on the evening of Sunday, Oct. 11.

Resident Julie Martel was reported missing by her husband in social media posts published to Facebook groups on Sunday evening.

File photo: Giles Shearing is a volunteer with the Revelstoke Search and Rescue. Photo: Contributed

Revelstoke Search & Rescue manager Giles Shearing said that about 100 volunteers were involved in the search, and that SAR members were assisting with groups of individuals.

“We are on an active search for Julie,” Shearing said. “We currently have about 100 searchers.”

Giles said the search parties are being coordinated in part using a GPS-enabled app that allows them to track and coordinate search parties’ location in real time.

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“We understand that she could be hiding from the public, so it does make for a challenging search so we’ve got a lot of people out there,” Shearing said.

The search commenced at around 9 a.m., Shearing said. “We’re using all the people who are coming down.”

So far, a helicopter and a dog team has also been deployed for the search.

Martel and her husband Claude Awad were the subject of a Sept. 14 story in the Revelstoke Review on the topic of postpartum depression. In the story, Awad talks about his partner Martel’s struggle with postpartum depression.

The Revelstoke RCMP has not issued a statement or media release and the detachment is closed due to the Thanksgiving holiday. When contacted, a Kelowna-based operator said she’d relay our request for information.

Aaron Orlando is a Revelstoke-based journalist who serves as creative director of revelstokemountaineer.com and Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine. He's been on the news beat in Revelstoke for the past 14 years, serving in senior editorial roles. If you have aaron@revelstokemountaineer.com or call/text him at 250-814-8710.