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    Canada - Harold Backer, 52, Victoria, BC, 3 Nov 2015

    Investia Financial Services Inc. has launched a probe into the activities of Harold Backer, who is also the subject of two missing-persons investigations - in his hometown and in Washington state.

    Backer, 52, told his wife on Nov. 3 that he was going for a bike ride but failed to return home.

    Police in Port Angeles, Wash., said last week that an officer who viewed video from a street security camera on Nov. 3 noted a man fitting Backer's description was aboard a ferry from Victoria, a 90-minute trip away.




    http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/multipl...ller-1.2663670

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    Harold Backer’s letter to clients
    November 19, 2015 06:00 AM
    http://www.timescolonist.com/news/lo...ents-1.2115011
    Text of Harold Backer’s letter to several of his clients, sent before he disappeared. It was provided to the Times Colonist by one of his clients and does not include the list of clients that was originally a part of the letter. -
    Text of letter at link.

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    That doesn't sound good at all, I hope he's not doing something desperate.

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    THE DEPARTED
    Princetonian, Olympian, Financier, Fugitive


    Nothing to say after reading this ...

    "On a Tuesday morning last November, Harold Backer went for a bike ride and disappeared.

    His wife, Elizabeth Hardy, would later tell police that he planned to cycle the Galloping Goose Trail, a popular bike path near their apartment in Victoria, British Columbia. Harold often rode the trail, she said. He’d been clear he wouldn’t be long.

    Kip Mcdaniel A Note From the Editor
    When her husband hadn’t returned by nightfall, Hardy called the authorities. Search and rescue teams scoured 40 miles of the trail overnight, aided by unusually warm weather and clear skies. Backer could have been injured, prone in a ditch with a broken leg. But by dawn, searchers found nothing and went home.

    At 8:00 am on Wednesday, a police constable approached the local boathouse where the 52-year-old Backer regularly rowed. He asked to speak to one of the coaches alone. Had he heard from Harold that morning or the day before? No, the coach responded. Not since Monday morning, when Backer had arrived, as usual, for a row with three friends on the tidal waters of Victoria’s inner harbor, at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. He had departed quicker than normal afterwards, but the coach hadn’t thought anything of it. The officer left, giving no indication of what the Victoria Police Department may have already suspected.

    Harold’s passport, authorities had discovered, was missing. He had not gone for a casual Tuesday ride on the Galloping Goose. Instead, the 6’3”, graying Backer had put on a red jacket and black cycling pants, along with a black skullcap under a silver helmet. He took with him a large backpack, Therm-a-Rest mattress, two waterproof packs that attached to his rear wheel, and a water bottle. On his black Cannondale bike he headed west towards the harbor, just yards from his apartment building’s front door. His passport was checked; he paid the $24.50 fee; then with bike and gear in tow, Backer boarded the 10:30 am Black Ball Coho car and passenger ferry. The boat set off for Port Angeles, a mountain-ringed town on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. The trip would take 90 minutes, a southern shot across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. ...

    .... My daughter Teya, when she heard, asked, ‘Don’t you know you shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket?’ I said that’s true, but a very close friend can be one basket. I can’t even get mad at him. It just hurts. That son of a *****, you know?” "

    We should all be reminded of Teya's comment, friends co-workers or family ... a very sad ending, or that of a new beginning for one individual.

    http://www.ai-cio.com/The-Departed.aspx

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    Canada - Harold Backer, 53, Vancouver, 3 Nov 2015

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...nues-1.3834910
    A year ago, investment advisor Harold Backer told his wife he was going for a bike ride. He has not been seen since.

    His disappearance sparked a frantic search on Vancouver Island and in Washington state after video footage showed a cyclist fitting his description getting off the Coho ferry in Port Angeles.
    But the search took on a different tone when investment clients, who in some cases were also close family friends, received letters from Backer that explained he had lost their investments.
    "It's very sad to think that the young man who spent many, many times in our home, eating with us and being with us, that he could actually do this," said Yvonne Carr of Mill Bay, B.C.
    'I'm still very angry'

    Harold Backer, 53, was an Olympic rower before he became an investment advisor.
    Carr's husband Tony was a rowing coach at Vancouver Island's Brentwood College in the 1970s when Backer was a student. Some of Backer's other clients were also friends from the tight-knit rowing world on Vancouver Island.
    Friends still searching

    Regardless of what may or may not have contributed to Harold Backer's disappearance, friends have not given up their search.
    Luke Mills has been maintaining a Facebook page dedicated to finding Backer.
    He said he has sent information about the case and photos to search and rescue and police organizations in Canada, the U.S., and Central America.
    "If he is out there, we are all here to help you out," Mills said. "Life is so much more valuable than money."
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    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...nues-1.3834910
    A year ago, investment advisor Harold Backer told his wife he was going for a bike ride. He has not been seen since.

    His disappearance sparked a frantic search on Vancouver Island and in Washington state after video footage showed a cyclist fitting his description getting off the Coho ferry in Port Angeles.
    But the search took on a different tone when investment clients, who in some cases were also close family friends, received letters from Backer that explained he had lost their investments.
    "It's very sad to think that the young man who spent many, many times in our home, eating with us and being with us, that he could actually do this," said Yvonne Carr of Mill Bay, B.C.
    'I'm still very angry'
    Harold Backer, 53, was an Olympic rower before he became an investment advisor.
    Carr's husband Tony was a rowing coach at Vancouver Island's Brentwood College in the 1970s when Backer was a student. Some of Backer's other clients were also friends from the tight-knit rowing world on Vancouver Island.



    Friends still searching

    Regardless of what may or may not have contributed to Harold Backer's disappearance, friends have not given up their search.
    Luke Mills has been maintaining a Facebook page dedicated to finding Backer.
    He said he has sent information about the case and photos to search and rescue and police organizations in Canada, the U.S., and Central America.
    "If he is out there, we are all here to help you out," Mills said. "Life is so much more valuable than money."

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    Welcome to Ws viccity, thanks for the new, intriguing article!

    The woman, who asked not to be named, said she first saw Backer some time after 1 p.m. on Nov. 3 near the entrance of Downriggers restaurant, a business near the Coho ferry terminal.
    She said she spoke with him briefly in order to show him how to find the restroom and then saw him leave the restaurant with another man via an upper parking lot.
    Two days later, she said, she saw Backer, a former Olympic rower, and another man talking outside the Port Angeles Tourist Bureau, which also is near the ferry terminal.
    She described the other man as being shorter, stockier, perhaps older and with a striking full head of white hair.
    She didn’t think anything of the sightings other than Backer made an impression on her, struck her as being handsome and seemed to have a presence or charisma about him.
    - See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/lo....IK4YWMk7.dpuf

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    500+ days on the lam and he rolls into the Victoria PD last night.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...ound-1.4071389


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tighthead View Post
    500+ days on the lam and he rolls into the Victoria PD last night.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...ound-1.4071389
    Welcome to Ws Tighthead!
    Just noticed this somewhat surprising news, he made the right choice, imo.



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