133 search and rescue personnel gathered at a trailhead in New Taipei City this morning before dividing into search parties to cover 12 routes as a search for a missing hiker enters the third day today, Tuesday, March 29.
Tsai Chin-kuo (蔡進國), the 64-year-old former senior vice-president of the Taiwanese electronics manufacturing company Pegatron, was reported missing Sunday, after failing to return from a one-day hike in the Manyueyuan National Forest Recreation Area in Sanxia District on Saturday, March 26.
New Taipei City Fire Department dispatched 27 search-and-rescue personnel to search for Tsai on Sunday. Tsai’s black Mercedes Benz was located in a carpark at the trailhead. Heavy rain hampered the search and by 6:30 pm, no trace of Tsai had been found. Also on Sunday, Tsai’s family took to social media to offer an NT$1 million dollar reward for finding Tsai.
The search resumed yesterday, Monday, with Taiwan resident Czech national mountain trail-runner Petr Novotny arriving from central Taiwan to join in the search. Novotny told Taiwan English News that cold and rain made the search difficult but a large area had been eliminated yesterday.
Novotny said that he was familiar with the area, having organized and participated in trail running events there.
“I was in this area many times and always respect it because the weather can make it ugly,” Novotny said.
Novotny said that they will focus the search further to the west today, noting that it seems more reasonable because Mr Tsai departed for his hike relatively late at 10:00 am on the day he went missing.
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