B.C. RCMP hunt for red van after hitchhiker leaps to safety
RCMP are hunting for a red van after a hitchhiker survived what may have been a kidnapping on Highway 16 in the Hagwilget area of B.C. (Jonathan Hayward / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Friday, December 28, 2012 3:41PM EST
KISPIOX, B.C. - A young hitchhiker is okay after leaping from a minivan in northwestern B.C., to escape a threatening situation.
RCMP Const. Lesley Smith says the incident occurred just after noon on Christmas Eve in the Kispiox area, about 90 kilometres north of Smithers.
The woman had been picked up by 40 to 50-year-old man driving a red minivan but, after a brief conversation Mounties say she became uncomfortable and asked the man to let her out.
Instead, he continued driving away from her intended destination and the woman jumped from the van when the suspect slowed to cross a bridge.
Smith says the grey-haired, heavy-set man was last seen in the Hagwilget area on Highway 62, driving towards Highway 16.
Investigators urge anyone with information about the suspect or the van to call the New Hazelton RCMP detachment or Crimestoppers.