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  • Candle in the Window

Once you choose hope, anything is possible - Christopher Reeve

Historically a candle in the window was a sign of welcome, a beacon for loved ones to find their way home. In earlier days and in the countryside houses were further apart, the candle was placed in the window when a loved one was away to guide them back home. This tradition dates from colonial times.

Candle in the Window (CITW) is a proprietary program developed in 2007 by the Search and Rescue Society of British Columbia (SARBC). This program is designed for unresolved wilderness missing person incidents where a search utilizing traditional methods has not provided resolve and a strong belief exists that more can be done to locate the missing subject.

We typically do not go in an repeat what has already been done. Comprehensive analysis, specialized resources and wilderness forensic techniques are used to locate human remains that may not be detectable by standard or traditional means.

The program requires the missing persons family, law enforcement or another SAR Agency to contact us. Each case is reviewed by the Overhead Management Team to determine if the Candle in the Window program is applicable.

For more information please contact us. We may be able to assist.

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It does not matter who finds the missing subject, it only matters that they are found. When traditional methods have failed we may be able to assist. Search and Rescue Society of BC - often copied, never duplicated.

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If you would like more information about any of our Programs or require assistance with an unresolved missing person incident, please contact us.