Family Offers NT$500, 000 Reward to Find Missing Hiker Alive

Relatives and friends of a man missing in the Central Mountain Range have offered NT$500, 000 to anyone who finds the man alive, and NT$200, 000 if his body is located.

Lee Chaoyuan, 61, set off on a solo hike from Kaohsiung on March 23. Lee’s challenge was to traverse the length of the Central Mountain Range. Lee successfully completed the southern section on April 1, which was the last contact Lee made with his family. The experienced hiker was scheduled to reach Nantou on April 7, where he planned to resupply before continuing north. However, Mr Lee has not been seen or heard from.

Search and rescue personnel from Taitung County Fire Department headed to Lee’s last known location yesterday in an attempt to follow his trail. Helicopters were also dispatched from Taitung and Kaohsiung this morning.

At around 6:00am, a team from Nantou hit the trail from the other end. A team of 4 personnel has also been dispatched from Kaohsiung.

search and rescue helicopter
A search and rescue team and helicopter dispatched from Kaohsiung City April 11, 2018.
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