Lorne Hamer-Jackson (right) hugs his mom, Diana, on Tuesday after suddenly returning to his Brocklehurst home after going missing for three days. (Kamloops This Week)

‘A very scary situation’: B.C. man returns after three-day disappearance

Lorne Hamer-Jackson’s family was preparing to embark on another search when he returned

  • Jun. 21, 2019 10:05 a.m.

–– Kamloops This Week

Lorne Hamer-Jackson, who had been missing since Saturday night, suddenly walked up to his Kamloops home on Tuesday night.

His sister, Loni Hamer-Jackson, and others were gathered at his Happyvale Avenue home just before 9 p.m., preparing to embark on another search — the living and dining rooms set up as their command centre, complete with mapping of the city — when Lorne returned.

We looked out the window and, all of a sudden, he was walking into the yard,” Loni said.

The family had been searching for three days and were growing concerned as Lorne has no wallet, cell phone, ID or money and less than a half tank of gas in his car.

ALSO READ: Coroner releases report into B.C. dad’s death

Disoriented and dehydrated, Lorne was met with tearful hugs from relived family members and friends.

“We ran out and, obviously, we tackled him. We were all over him. It was so emotional,” Loni said.

Lorne appeared confused and not sure why everyone was there, she said.

“He was so disoriented,” she said. “He doesn’t know why he left, he doesn’t know where he actually went, he doesn’t remember leaving his vehicle. It’s still a mystery.”

Lorne, a Kamloops resident for 40 years, has mental-health issues for which he takes medication, Loni said, noting he has been struggling with depression and anxiety for a few years.

Lorne was last seen on Saturday night and reported missing on Sunday morning when he and his wife’s black Chevy Cobalt were nowhere to be found.

His wife noted he wasn’t making sense when she called to check in on him the night before and asked family members to visit him.

When he went missing, the family organized a massive search, scouring city streets and areas of the backcountry Lorne was known to frequent.

But he ended up being picked up by a Good Samaritan who was driving along Westsyde Road near the McClure Ferry. Loni said Lorne emerged from a ditch and waved the car down.

Lorne climbed into the passenger seat and it was apparent to the driver that he was confused and tired, Loni said, noting Lorne knew where he lived.

Not knowing he was the subject of the missing persons report, the driver dropped Lorne at his house and left. He later contacted the family upon seeing a news report regarding Lorne’s return.

The family is still trying to find the black Chevy Cobalt Lorne was believed to be driving when he disappeared.

Lorne is at Royal Inland Hospital, undergoing testing to determine why he became disorientated and wandered off.

Loni said the doctor overseeing Lorne at the hospital told her it’s unusual for a man his age to have been disorientated for that length of time, adding that the medication he takes probably wouldn’t have been responsible.

“But, you know, Lorne’s been reaching out for help with his anxiety and depression for a couple of years and the mental-health care in this city so far has really failed him and, in turn, failed the family in a sense because he hasn’t gotten the care he needs,” she said.

She said there needs to be more services in town for individuals dealing with these issues.

Looking back on a harrowing three days, Loni noted the positive outcome could have instead been terrible.

“Being so disorientated, he could have walked over a cliff. He could have fallen in the river,” she said.

“It was a very scary situation.”

Loni said she thanks the community for all their support during this ordeal.

“The outreach and the support and the care and the love and the prayers given from people we know and people we don’t even know is just overwhelming,” she said.

If you or anyone you know needs support for depression or suicide-related mental health problems, please call the Crisis Centre BC suicide hotline at 1-800-784-2433.

Other resources include: Canada Suicide Prevention Service at Toll free: 1-833-456-4566. You can also text 45645 or visit the online chat service at crisisservicescanada.ca.

Some warning signs include suicidal thoughts, anger, recklessness, mood changes, anxiety, lack of purpose, helplessness and substance abuse.

Michael Potestio, Kamloops This Week

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

William Griffin arrested in Houston homicide

RCMP have now arrested William Griffin, the man wanted in connection to… Continue reading

B.C. municipality wants ALC to reconsider their decision in regard to pipeline work camp

The ALC had rejected the construction of the Coastal GasLink work camp behind the Vanderhoof airport in October

Family of Terrace man killed in hit-and-run plead for tips, one year later

Cameron Kerr’s family says the driver and passengers tried to cover their tracks

Coast Mountain College’s indigenization efforts recognized at international symposium

Collaboration and community are key to Indigenous reconciliation in education, CMTN says

Hudson Bay Mountain reschedules opening day for Nov. 29, citing warm temperatures, rain

The resort is asking people to upload “snow dance” videos to social media for a chance to win a hoodie

Teen with cancer whose viral video urged Canadians to vote has died, uncle tweets

Maddison Yetman had been looking forward to voting in her first federal election since junior high school

Rowing Canada, UVic investigate celebrated coach for harassment, abuse

Lily Copeland says she felt intimidated and trapped by Williams

Cleanup in the works after tanker truck fire leads to oil spill in B.C.’s Peace region

The province said the majority of the spilled oil likely burned away in the fire.

BC VIEWS: Action needed on healthcare workplace violence

While we’ve been talking about it, the number of B.C. victims has only grown

Closing arguments begin in B.C. case launched in 2009 over private health care

Dr. Day said he illegally opened the Cambie Surgery Centre in 1996 in order to create more operating-room time

MacLean says “Coach’s Corner is no more” following Cherry’s dismissal from Hockey Night

Cherry had singled out new immigrants in for not honouring Canada’s veterans and fallen soldiers

MacKinnon powers Avs to 5-4 OT win over Canucks

Vancouver battled back late to pick up single point

Poole’s Land finale: Tofino’s legendary ‘hippie commune’ being dismantled

Series of land-use fines inspire owner Michael Poole to sell the roughly 20-acre property.

Port Alberni mom takes school district to court over Indigenous smudging, prayer in class

Candice Servatius, who is an evangelical Christian, is suing School District 70

Most Read