SEARCHERS looking for missing French hiker Pascal Vernhes reached the top of Castle Peak yesterday and spoke to Hongkong Telecom maintenance workers who said they had seen him trekking last Sunday. They were to continue searching the area today and said they would pass the Telecom workers' information on to police. About 30 friends and relatives of the missing PR Asia finance director took up the search for Mr Vernhes yesterday, after police gave up on Friday night. Police yesterday interviewed a woman thought to be among the last to see the 35-year-old before he disappeared on a Castle Peak walking track last Sunday into bushland surrounding the 500-metre hill. His car was found near Tsing Shan Monastery on Monday. 'My mother and I saw him last Sunday, driving his car alone near the monastery around 11am,' the witness told the Sunday Morning Post. 'I didn't know who he was until I saw pictures of him around the area in the last few days.' About 10 police officers were in the area helping with the search yesterday. Mr Vernhes' two young daughters are with relatives in France. 'The children have been told that their daddy is missing,' said search team member PR Asia staffer Eric Benoist. 'Under the circumstances, it's best for them to stay with their family in France.' Mr Vernhes' wife, Patricia, and their daughters, seven-year-old Alice and three-year-old Clemence, were holidaying in France when he disappeared. The family has lived in Hong Kong for two years. Mrs Vernhes flew back to the SAR early last week to help with the search. 'We are doing what we can,' she said yesterday. 'I am confident the police are committed to restarting the search if new leads or witnesses turn up.' Mrs Vernhes said she was satisfied with the police efforts so far. Police search co-ordinator and Castle Peak assistant divisional commander Stephen So Kam-pang promised a new search would begin as soon as any new relevant information turned up. Mr Vernhes is 1.83 metres tall with brown hair, and was last seen wearing a light grey T-shirt and shorts. Anyone with information can call police on 2404-3513.