RCMP extend search south in quest to find missing David Park

David Park, aka Junghwan Park, pictured in an undated RCMP handout image
David Park, aka Junghwan Park, pictured in an undated RCMP handout image.

Police in the NWT are asking southern colleagues to be on the lookout as the search for missing Hay River man David Park enters its second week.

Park disappeared on the morning of Tuesday, April 3. His colleagues at the town’s Rooster convenience store reported him missing, and a major RCMP search of the town on Saturday failed to shed any light on where the 34-year-old, of Korean descent, may have gone.

“We have not stopped looking or investigating since he was reported missing,” said RCMP spokesperson Marie York-Condon.

“We have extended the area of sharing the missing person information to our jurisdictions south of the Northwest Territories and encourage people to continue to share this information in our search for David.”



‘Day off’

Rooster staff, friends, and residents are continuing to scour Hay River for clues about Park’s disappearance. Nicky Wang, posting to a public Facebook group on Monday, said: “Thanks to all the people who came to the Rooster yesterday to search for David.

“It was RCMP’s day off so yesterday’s search was done without their direction and guidance. We had no luck to find him yet but we are not giving up the faith that he is alive and desperately waiting for help at this time.”

RCMP, in response to the suggestion members had taken a day off from the search, said in a statement: “Last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 4, 5, and 6, Hay River RCMP conducted local searches by foot, on snowmobile, and in the air for any signs of David.

“On Saturday (April 7) the Hay River RCMP, with the assistance of the Hay River Fire Department, organized searches of wooded areas near David’s residence as well as other wooded areas and trail systems in the community. RCMP, Hay River Fire Department personnel, and community members, along with friends and co-workers of David, aided in search efforts on Saturday.

“Hay River RCMP continue the search for David and are following all leads in their investigation. After Saturday’s large organized search, RCMP have volunteered their own time to participate in volunteer-led searches. The RCMP thanks all those who have assisted in the searches and will advise of any future formally organized searches for those who would like to volunteer their time to help locate David.”

Police say residents and business owners should check their properties, sheds, vehicles and any other buildings for “anything suspicious or that may seem out of place.” Drivers are asked to report any sightings of people matching Park’s description along the highway system in the Hay River area.