NEWS
07/12/2011 12:35 EDT | Updated 09/11/2011 05:12 EDT

Ben, Caroline Davies, Missing British Couple, Likely Headed For Vancouver

VANCOUVER - RCMP in British Columbia are hopeful that a search for a missing British couple can end almost as soon as it began.

RCMP Sgt. Rob Vermeulen says numerous tips have come in since word of the disappearance of 37-year-old Ben Davies and his 28-year-old wife, Caroline.

Vermeulen says none of the tips has been confirmed but most suggest the newlywed couple is heading toward Vancouver.

He says some of the sightings describe the couple, while others are about their somewhat distinctive Mazda pickup, fitted with a white, camper-style canopy.

A missing persons report was filed July 10, six days after the couple missed their return flight to England, following a month-long visit to B.C.

They have not been heard from since June 22, when they called from Smithers to say they'd be renting kayaks and meeting up with someone they'd recently met on B.C.'s northwest coast.

Vermeulen said the couple had borrowed a relative's pickup truck and were planning to head north towards Alaska to do some camping before going to Vancouver for their July 4 flight back to England.

"The family wasn't overly concerned because it seemed to be in their nature that if they're having a good time they may extend their stay," he said. "But when they hadn't heard from them by July 10th they reported them missing to police."

Ben Davies is 37 and his wife is 28, and Vermeulen said they are both experienced in the outdoors.

The couple was travelling in a 2008 black Mazda pickup truck with a white camper canopy, and police are asking for the public's help in finding them.