Update: Two rescue teams have headed out to search for Canadian tourist

T he editor of The Huaraz Telegraph has spoken to the head of the Tourist Police in Huaraz, Major Godofredo Vargas Delgado who shared his concerns on Jesse Galganov; the Canadian tourist who has been missing since the 28th of September last month. Major Vargas stated that they interviewed Cristopher Garcia Obregón who is the administrator of the hostel where Jesse ostensibly stayed at, but that this has only led to more uncertainties. The administrator said that the lad from Montreal had booked a one night stay and would leave the next day to do, apparently, a trek. However, Jesse Galganov was never registered in the check in book. The Tourist Police also investigated the arrival of Jesse at the bus station of Cruz del Sur in Huaraz. The administrator of the bus company confirmed that Jesse was on the bus that left at 21:30hrs from Peru´s capital towards Huaraz on the 27th of September and that he should have arrived around 6am, as the bus did not make any stops on the way. Cruz del Sur´s administrator also showed a copy of the online bought return ticket to Lima which was left unused, as Jesse never showed up.

This morning, two special teams of the Rescue Corps of the Mountain Guides Association of Peru (AGMP) in coordination with the DEPSAM Ancash (Departamento de técnicas de rescate Salvamento de Alta Montaña) have headed out to search for the Canadian. Rafael Figueroa Chávez, president of the Casa de Guías of the Mountain Guides Association of Peru informed THT that one team has been sent to the Laguna 69 / Llanganuco Lakes area, whereas a second team was sent to the Cordillera Huayhuash. Figueroa Chávez thought to believe that it´s most likely that Jesse went to do the Santa Cruz Trek, however, his entrance to the park was not registered. This information was confirmed by a SERNANP member, who manages the administration of the Huascarán National Park. The Santa Cruz Trek lasts three to four days and is frequently completed by many international trekkers, guides and muleteers, even during the low season. Until now, neither guides nor muleteers have reported to have seen or found the Canadian.

As Jesse had a return ticket for October the 2nd, it´s not very likely that he will have gone for the Huayhuash Circuit instead. The president of the Casa de Guías said to be hopeful of a positive outcome of the search, although he had to admit that it will be basically searching for a needle in a haystack.

Hope is now focused on a video surveillance camera owned by the Provincial Municipality of Huaraz which is located only across the street from the bus terminal of Cruz del Sur. The local police hope to find out which taxi was used by the Canadian. As Jesse had an online reservation, it´s not likely he will have followed one of the many touts that are hanging around the bus station in the early mornings, however, this cannot be ruled out yet until the surveillance tape has been thoroughly analysed.

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