Family still searching for local man who went missing 20 years ago

Mo Gulmond Shah, a Lake Cowichan resident, went missing on August 13, 1992.

Photograph of Mo Shah submitted by his sister-in-law

Photograph of Mo Shah submitted by his sister-in-law

Mo Gulmond Shah, a Lake Cowichan resident, went missing on August 13, 1992. Shah was 34-years-old at the time, and was considered to be in good health.

Shah had gone on a bike ride down towards Skutz Falls at 8:30 p.m., and was not seen again. It was well known that Shah enjoyed mountain biking.

On the evening of his disappearance he was seen by more than one person as he parked his pick-up and rode away towards Skutz Falls.

Shah’s family are hoping that other witnesses, who may have seen Shah that evening 20 years ago, will step forward and talk to local RCMP.

To this end, the family has planned a bike ride to generate awareness and hopefully rekindle the memories of any witnesses there may have been.

On August 12, residents, and the Lake Cowichan RCMP, are invited to join a group bike ride starting at the Trans Canada trail head at the bottom of Boundary Road. The group will be gathering at 10 a.m., and the ride will start at 10:30 a.m.

“People can join the bike ride, or they can walk,” says Anne Khan, Shah’s sister-in-law. To join the group on Facebook, go to

Khan, says the family has never given up hope.

“Maybe with some awareness (of Shah’s disappearance) we can get family and friends together and someone will come forward,” says Khan.

However, both the family and the RCMP are still no further ahead with the case than they were 20 years ago.

“There are no clues, nothing,” she says.

Sgt. Voller of the Lake Cowichan RCMP is in charge of the investigation, and says the file is still open.

“Any missing person file stays open indefinitely,” he says, and adds that this changes, of course, if the case is solved.

“There is no hard and fast evidence of foul play,” says Voller, but he finds it odd that there was no evidence left behind at the scene that would indicate that Shah rode off the road or fell into the river.

If you have any information that could help this family either locate Shah or at least bring some closure to mystery of his disappearance, contact local RCMP at 250-749-6668.


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