Dennis Lee Thian Poh
Malaysian citizen Dennis Lee Thian Poh (47) from Kuala Lumpur, went missing on April 5, 2015 in the area between Khobra and Bayeli. He got lost while he was walking alone between the main group of his trekking party and the porters who were walking in front of him to set up camp in Bayeli. When the main group arrived in Bayeli they realized that Dennis Lee had never reached the campsite. The staff of the trekking group searched frantically for two full days and alarmed the family after they could not locate him.
The SAR DOGS NEPAL teams together with a team of policemen from Ghorepani.SAR DOGS NEPAL search teams with 3 sniffer dogs were employed from April 8. In order to motivate the local people in the villages and hamlets to help us with the search reward posters in Nepali language were distributed alongside the trekking way. Six days of intense search by our teams with assistance of Nepal Police and Nepal Army yielded no results.
Man-trailer Bilbo and air-scenter Uttam point out the spot at the Bayeli cliff where Dennis Lee has gone off the trail.
The only clue we had was the spot where Dennis Lee went off the path. Using Dennis' boots, sleeping bag and clothes carried by one of the porters of Dennis Lee's trekking group as scent article, our SAR dogs had detected scent pockets of Dennis at the Bayeli cliff. We could not figure out what ever the reason was for him to leave the path into the very steep cliff. Possibly after leaving the path he had wandered deeper into the network of gorges in order to get to a lower altitude to escape the cold, not able to climb up again.
Experienced Logistic Officer Karna Bahadur Dura leads the search and rescue operation.
The gorges were huge and complicated to negotiate, only rappeling and abseiling were possible to get to the bottom of this gorge. Our dogs weren't able to walk there and consequently withdrawn to our base in Shyauli Bazaar. In addition the area alongside the trekking trail was tirelessly combed out by a platoon of the Nepal Army, a team of Nepal Police, teams of SAR DOG NEPAL and numerous local villagers.
The comprehensive search continued until May 25, the day Nepal was struck by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake. Because of the immediate impact of this disaster we abruptly had to cancel the entire operation. We are sincerely sorry that the search for missing Dennis Lee Thian Poh had been interrupted by this national tragedy.