Corner Brook RCMP are continuing their search today for a missing Cox’s Cove man who failed to return from berry picking Monday evening in an area past the mink farm off of Country Road.
Fifty-four-year old Alphaeus Payne was reported overdue by his family around 11:30 p.m. after his vehicle was located near the mink farm.
An RCMP Police Services Dog and the Bay of Islands Search and Rescue team were immediately deployed and spent the night searching the nearby vicinity. At daylight the search was expanded to include an aerial search conducted by a helicopter arranged through Emergency Measures.
At approximately 8:30 a.m. the Deer Lake Search and Rescue Team arrived with its mobile command unit and 10 team members after being asked for assistance. Fireman from the Cox’s Cove Fire Department and citizens from the community are also assisting.
As of 10:25 a.m. today, the search had yet to locate Payne.