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‘I will never give up hope’

The search for Vancouver businessman Pierre Parkinson continuedyesterday as some 40 volunteers combed Pacific Spirit Park for clues tothe 41-year-old’s whereabouts.

The search for Vancouver businessman Pierre Parkinson continued yesterday as some 40 volunteers combed Pacific Spirit Park for clues to the 41-year-old’s whereabouts.

Parkinson has been missing since Nov. 8, and was last seen leaving his home on Vancouver’s east side.

His family says the disappearance is completely out of character for the married father of two young sons.

Parkinson’s wife, Paula, spoke publicly on the disappearance for the first time yesterday afternoon at Spanish Banks.

“Pierre, if you’re listening, I want you to know that the boys and I will never give up hope and we’ll keep on searching until you’re safe by our side,” she said, blinking back tears.

Parkinson’s car was found at Prospect Point in Stanley Park last week, but to date, air, water and ground search efforts turned up little in the way of leads, said Sean Gocher, who speaks for the Parkinson family.

An “exhausting” targeted grid search of Stanley Park has already been completed. The search effort fans out over Metro Vancouver and stretches all the way from Tsawwassen to Deep Cove and Lighthouse Park on the North Shore.

“We know what the scenarios are and we just want to make sure we leave no stone unturned and that we’ve blanketed everywhere,” Gocher said.

Anyone who sees Parkinson is asked to stay with him and call 911 immediately.