*UPDATE* June 12, 2019

Search and rescue operations for missing person Cory MCKAY have been suspended.

According to Salmo RCMP, Search and rescue crews covered 1400 square kilometres by airplane and 30 kilometres of lake shoreline by helicopter.

2100 man hours of searching by foot, vehicle, quads and UTV’s were made possible thanks to  70 search and rescue volunteers.

Cottonwood Lake, Bombi, Nancy Green, Paulson Bridge, Christina Lake and Grand Forks areas were covered.

Though the search for Cory is currently suspended, the RCMP investigation continues. If new information is obtained as to Cory’s possible whereabouts, the search will be resumed.

Cory was known to be driving a black 1994 Triumph motorcycle. He was last seen at the Shell Gas Station in Castlegar on June 18, 2019.



Salmo RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing Salmo resident.

Cory Thomas MCKAY was last seen June 18, 2019 at 10:42 a.m. at the Shell Gas Station in Castlegar, B.C. 

South Columbia Search and Rescue gave this most recent statement from their Facebook page on July 5, at roughly 6:00 am.

“South Columbia, Castlegar and Nelson Sar continued to search for our missing person Cory McKay yesterday afternoon in an area of interest in the Nelson area. Quads, UTV and vehicle searches were conducted in another off road area with several logging roads, motor bike paths and trails. This area was searched due to a lead or tip to RCMP as well as a possible sighting of his motorcycle in a completely different area.

This search is difficult to maintain due to the nature of our missing persons circumstances and the limited information as to direction of travel and areas where he frequently visits. Cory has been missing since June 18th. South Columbia and our other Sar partners in the area will continue to look for Cory as new information becomes available.

We would like to thank the public for their tips, comments and help trying to find Cory as we have moved forward with the searches.

If you have any other information please contact the Salmo RCMP detachment.”


Trail RCMP shared in a media release on July 4 that there is nothing to indicate foul play at this time and that police have followed up on several leads. Police are very concerned for Cory’s well-being as family and friends report that it is out of character for him to be out of contact for this long. 

A description of Cory MCKAY: 

  • Caucasian male; 
  • 58 years old; 
  • 5′ 7 ” (170 cm); 
  • 165 lbs (75 kg); 
  • brown hair; 
  • green eyes; 

Cory was known to be driving a black 1994 Triumph motorcycle BC license plate Y61200

Police are encouraging Cory to contact family or the local police to confirm his well-being. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Cory MCKAY is urged to contact their local police, or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net