Foul play suspected in the disappearance of Langley's Nicholas Hannon
In just a few days, Nicholas Hannon would have been 20 years old.
Instead of celebrating the Walnut Grove teen's birthday, his father Craig had to go in front of the media pleading for information that would bring his child home.
At a press conference on Thursday, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) announced it has taken over Nicholas' missing person case. It believes the teenager had met with foul play and is no longer alive.
Nicholas was last seen on Feb. 26 by his younger brother at their Walnut Grove home.
On Feb. 27, his abandoned vehicle was found in the 10400 block of McKinnon Crescent at Derby Reach Park. Langley RCMP searched alongside the Fraser Valley Search and Rescue Team a couple of times.
Craig even hired a private searcher who uses bloodhound dogs. But nothing has ever been found leading to Nicholas.
Craig describes his son as a homebody who was a loving son, brother and uncle.
Nic didn't have a history of depression or any other mental health issues. He didn't work and kept close to home, said his father.
"It's so maddening. Life was good for Nic," said his dad.
With his voice breaking, Craig pleaded for help.
"We need our Nicky to come home," he said. He spoke of the pain and suffering his family has experienced since he disappeared.
From the onset there were suspicious factors about this missing person case, said IHIT Sgt. Jennifer Pound on Thursday at RCMP headquarters.
Because of that, IHIT has liaised with the Langley RCMP throughout.
In mid-April, there was enough evidence to support the theory that Nicholas had met with foul play and is no longer alive, said Pound.
"We can tell you that investigators know that there are individuals in the community that know what happened to him," said Pound.
"Whether it is a change in lifestyle that brings you forward or the guilt of watching this family suffering from the loss of Nicholas, we are urging the individuals that have information to do the right thing and contact police."
Craig said the family had never given up hope until April when IHIT took over the case.
While some tips have come in, no one has taken up Craig on his $10,000 reward offered to anyone with information that would bring Nic back home. It's still an active reward, he said.
If you have information call the IHIT tipline at 1-877-551-4448, or, if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimstoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Below is a picture of Nicholas Hannon as a boy enjoying time with family.