Artists sketch of a suspect wanted for questioning in conjunction with a hitchhiking incident off Highway 16.

Artists sketch of a suspect wanted for questioning in conjunction with a hitchhiking incident off Highway 16.

RCMP search for suspect in hitchhiking incident

A sketch of a male suspect is now out in relation to a female hitchhiker jumped from the moving vehicle.

  • Jan. 23, 2013 7:00 a.m.

A sketch may help locate a suspect driving a minivan when a female hitchhiker jumped from the moving vehicle near Highway 16.

On Dec. 24, 2012, the man had picked up the hitchhiker near Kispiox, B.C. at around 12:30 p.m., but had ignored the woman’s pleas to let her out of the vehicle when she became uncomfortable and instead continued driving in the opposite direction of her destination.

When the driver slowed to cross a bridge, the young woman jumped from the moving van, and the man did not stop. He was last seen in the Hagwilget area of Highway 62, driving towards Highway 16.

RCMP are now searching for the suspect, who is described as a Caucasian male between 40 and 50 years old, heavy set, with grey hair, dark brown glasses and wearing a jean jacket.

RCMP continue to interview witnesses and are asking anyone with information in regards to this investigation to contact Cst. Kim or Sgt. Pelley at the New Hazelton RCMP Detachment (250) 842-5244. If you would like to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).