FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 22, 2022
USARA issues statement regarding missing US adventure racer Peter Jolles
The U.S. Adventure Racing Association has learned via the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and media reports that longtime U.S. adventure racer Peter Jolles has gone missing while packrafting in British Columbia, Canada.
Peter, 46, formerly of Georgia and more recently a resident of Virginia, recently competed with his Checkpoint Zero team in Expedition Canada, which ended Saturday, June 11, in Penticton, British Columbia, and was spending time exploring the nearby wilderness following the race. Peter was packrafting the Bugaboo Creek by himself near Spillimacheen, British Columbia, on Sunday, June 19, but never appeared at his designated take-out spot, where his girlfriend was waiting for him. She reported him missing and the Columbia Valley RCMP and local search and rescue team commenced an effort to try to locate Peter. They were not able to find him, but they did encounter Jolles’ packraft.
The search resumed on Monday, June 20, but without luck, and continued on Tuesday, June 21. On Tuesday afternoon, the search was suspended due to high water conditions. Once conditions are deemed safe again, crews will resume the search.
USARA is holding out hope that Peter is alive and OK and that he is located soon. As an avid adventure racer for more than two decades, Peter touched so many lives in the AR community in the United States and around the world. We remain hopeful he returns to us and his family. We are deeply thankful for the efforts by law enforcement and search and rescue authorities in British Columbia to find Peter.
USARA has been in touch with the RCMP, as well as several of Peter’s friends and teammates, and will continue to try to gather and share as much information as possible with the adventure racing community regarding this terrible situation. USARA will also be helping to organize any aid or assistance efforts as needed, though at this time, the RCMP and local search and rescue teams are asking that the public not assist with the search.
If anyone from the adventure racing community has information regarding Peter’s whereabouts, contact the Columbia Valley RCMP at 1-250-342-9292 and cite file 2022-1463.
U.S. Adventure Racing Association contact: Cliff White, Communications Director, 207-650-8698, info@USARA.com
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