Nanaimo Search and Rescue volunteer Tristan Anderson and team members search an area of Colliery Dam Park on Sunday afternoon. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)

Search team looks for teen at Colliery Dam Park

Nanaimo Search and Rescue volunteers set up an operations base at Colliery Dam Park today (April 2).

Search and rescue joined in the efforts to locate a missing teen.

Nanaimo Search and Rescue volunteers set up an operations base at Colliery Dam Park today (April 2).

Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said the search is related to the case of 16-year-old Makayla Chang, who has been missing for two weeks.

“We’re covering off Colliery Dam utilizing SAR under the direction of our office,” O’Brien said. “There’s nothing to indicate that she’s there, we’re just being thorough and covering off any areas where she may have stumbled to … They’re just doing a ground search of the waterways and that area.”

The park remains open to the public; O’Brien said that’s typical for this type of search “because there’s nothing to indicate she is there.”

Nanaimo RCMP continues to seek information about the missing girl, and police are also interested in locating 53-year-old Steven Bacon who they believe may have information about Chang’s whereabouts.

O’Brien said the public understands the significance of the investigation has been fantastic in coming forward with tips and leads.

Anyone with information is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, online at, or via text at 274637.

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