The 81 year-old, who has dementia, left his home on Thursday morning and hasn’t been seen since, despite extensive efforts.
“We’ve been at it since Thursday afternoon,” said Arrowsmith Search & Rescue Search Manager Joe Kinch. “We were called out at one o’clock in the afternoon. And we’ve actually been on site since two o’clock so Thursday we searched til 11 o’clock at night here through the dark. We also had 442 squadron flying the coastline.”
Crews searched all day Friday and Saturday as well.
It was 10:30 Thursday morning when Jim Roberts left his mobile home in Vacation Village. There are numerous trails and green space nearby but his family says it’s not like him to just walk off and not return.
“This is completely out of character,” says his son Charles Roberts. “Dad has dementia. His memory is getting worse and worse but he hasn’t been known to wander off but that said he’s still physically pretty strong for an 81 year-old and he does enjoy walking and for years he’s enjoyed walking the trails here.”
Jim Brown was last wearing a brown cap and a green jacket. He’s 6’2 and approximately 175 pounds.
Search teams from the Comox Valley, Alberni Valley, Campbell River and Nanaimo have been aiding Arrowsmith Search and Rescue since Friday, for a total of 1400 hours volunteered by trained personnel, not including Sunday.
“We have found virtually no evidence at all of his whereabouts,” says Kinch. “We had heavy heavy rain on Friday. Unfortunately that rain was so heavy it would have washed away any footprints.”
“We would just ask everybody to please look in their out buildings and all around the edges of their property,” says Roberts daughter Colette Semple. “Because it started to rain very hard about an hour after he left. He does not like to be cold. He does not like to be wet and we’re wondering if he sought shelter somewhere.”
His family says Roberts would not be carrying identification and he hasn’t had a driver’s license in several years. They say he’s friendly and he’s never shown signs of depression.
Arrowsmith Search and Rescue called off the search just before noon on Sunday having searched the area extensively.
“Any and all information would be greatly appreciated by the family,” says Roberts daughter Corinne Redgate. “We just want to bring our dad home.”