Yellowknife man lost in Yukon

The Ross River RCMP detachment is searching for Norman M. Hennel. The Yellowknife man, who’s in his 60s, was last seen on September 3.

The Ross River RCMP detachment is searching for Norman M. Hennel.

The Yellowknife man, who’s in his 60s, was last seen on September 3.

But Hennel wasn’t reported missing until October 1st.

Dropped off by floatplane in the Keel Lake area at the start of September, he was last seen wearing a black Carhartt-style jacket, green wool pants, rubber boots and a baseball cap.

Hennel was carrying a rifle, tarp/fly, an axe and a Trapper Nelson backpack.

After he was reported missing, the RCMP attempted multiple air searches of the Keel Lake area, located approximately 80 kilometres northwest of MacMillan Pass near the Yukon/Northwest Territories border.

However, the searches were impeded by poor weather.

This time of year, the area is not accessible by land because of snow and ground conditions.

On October 8th, the RCMP managed to complete a search of the area’s camp and cabins.

There was no sign of any human activity.

The RCMP has not determined whether Hennel is still in the Keel Lake vicinity.

It is possible he may have gotten a ride on the North Canol road and traveled to British Columbia or the Northwest Territories, states an RCMP release.

Hennel is a Caucasian with blue eyes and grey hair. He has a medium to heavy build and is roughly 1.8 metres tall.

He weighs about 81 kilograms.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Whitehorse RCMP at 667-5555. (GK)