Father and son out mushroom picking near Pemberton found dead

A week-long search for a father and son near Pemberton has come to a tragic end, according to RCMP.

The two men, identified as 48-year-old Peter Oleski and 21-year-old River Leo, were found dead Thursday in the wilderness. They were reported missing after they failed to return home from a mushroom picking trip on Oct. 22.

Mounties say on Oct. 23, Pemberton RCMP were asked to assist Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police in the search for two men who had been reported missing after going mushroom picking in the Upper Mckenzie Basin the previous night.

The Pemberton RCMP joined the already extensive Lil’wat Nation and Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police efforts to locate the father and son.

In the following days, the Lil’wat Nation, volunteers, friends, Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police, Pemberton RCMP, dozens of SAR teams from all over the province, commercial air services, and Comox 442 Squadron Cormorant searched for the pair.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Peter and River and with the Lil’wat Nation”, said Sgt. Sascha Banks of the Sea to Sky RCMP.

The Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police alongside Pemberton RCMP will work with the B.C. Coroners Service to investigate.

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