After 25-year-old Alim Feasal Hasan last visited his family in Burnaby 32 years ago, he was supposed to have boarded a Greyhound bus and headed back to Edmonton.
“He was supposed to call us after getting to Edmonton but he never did,” his sister, Hamida Khan, told The Province newspaper in 1990.
Then, a couple weeks after his disappearance, Hope RCMP called and said someone had dropped off Hasan’s bag at the front door of the detachment while it was closed.
“We found his clothes inside and two pieces of identification, including his driver’s licence,” Khan told The Province.
Hasan was last seen on March 21, 1990.
His family, which lived in Burnaby at the time, reported him missing to the Burnaby RCMP on April 12, 1990.
This week, the detachment renewed calls for information that might help find him.
“We believe there may be people out there with information that could lead to some answers in this case and for Alim Hasan’s family,” RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mike Kalanj said in a news release. “It’s hoped this appeal may help jog someone’s memory and lead to a break in the case.”
Besides the brown suitcase that appeared in Hope, police say they got a report from someone who believed they had spotted Hasan hitchhiking on Highway 97 near Kelowna, but that sighting remains unconfirmed.
The witness had seen an article in a newspaper about Hasan’s disappearance, police said, but investigators weren’t able to find or speak with the witness after the initial call.
“If that witness sees this, we would urge them to call Burnaby RCMP,” Kalanj said. “That person may have valuable information that could help further this investigation, even though 32 years has passed since that phone call was made.”
Police don’t know if Hasan boarded the Greyhound bus headed to Edmonton or if he was the one who dropped off his bag at the Hope RCMP detachment.
The last time his family saw him, he was wearing a red and black mackinaw-style jacket, and he may have been carrying a sports bag.
Hasan might also have appeared disoriented and confused if he didn’t have access to his regular medication, which he needed to control a schizophrenic disorder, according to the 1990 Province article.
Hasan would be 57 years old.
Anyone with information is asked to call Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9999. Quote file number 1990-19972 or ask to speak to the missing persons unit.