After not being heard from in over four days, a reported missing man went to social media to say he and his son are not actually missing on Vancouver Island.
Port Alberni RCMP asked for help Thursday to locate 35-year-old Jan Stelmaszyk and his three-year-old son Matt Bartnik, saying family members were concerned after not hearing from them for four days.
Police believed they were camping in the Victoria area, but Stelmaszyk got back on Instagram to say they were in Italy.
“OMG!!! I just woke up to realize me and my son are “missing”. That “some family members” are “concerned” about where we are and that I haven’t posted anything on social media for a couple of days,” Stelmaszyk posted.
He added hashtags #fakenews and #backtoposting to the post which showed a photo of two young kids in a stroller eating pizza.
Stelmaszyk tagged his location as Arco, Italy, which some of the commenters have called a joke.
One comment to Stalmaszyk’s post said: “I wouldn’t call it fake news, just concerned family.”
Police said Stelmaszyk does not have cell phone communication and kept family members updated on their travels through social media posts on Instagram. CHEK News has reached out to Port Alberni RCMP for comment.