Thursday, January 18, 2018

Body of missing hiker found

…Search party found him not far from the trail

Richard Baird

THE BODY of missing hiker Richard Baird was found this afternoon four days after he disappeared into the Northern Range.

Baird, 56, a Petrotrin employee, of Rousillac, was found at around 12:15 p.m.

He had been lost on what was described as “one of the most difficult hiking trails in the country”.

The Express was told that Baird was found by one of the search parties on the right side of the ridge leading to the Hollis waterfall.

Attempts are being made to recover the body, an experienced hiker told Express.

The discovery was made by one of the search parties, mainly comprising of experienced hikers.

Baird went missing while headed to the Aripo waterfall in the Northern Range on Saturday.

Search teams have been searching the trails since he was noticed missing at around 5 p.m Saturday.

He was one of a group of 60 hikers on their way to the falls, which is about a four-hour walk.

The trail has sheer cliffs and steep gradients and is not recommended for the novice.

More than 40 people were involved in the search on Monday including members of the protective services.

The Fire Service Search and rescue team rappelled off the cliffs at locations where they suspected Baird could have fallen.

Secondary trails were also searched. Nothing was found.

Area residents who are hunters and who know the land well have joined the search. They were in the forest late into Monday night.