UPDATE: Duncan’s Daniel Scott has been found safe and sound, according to RCMP in a Wednesday, Aug. 3 news release.
Original story follows:
Vancouver Island Mounties and search and rescue crews are looking for a missing 53-year-old autistic man.
Daniel Scott, 53, left his home in Duncan on July 27 and hasn’t been seen since, according to the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP.
Scott is described as 5-foot-6, 130 pounds with black hair and blue eyes.
In a post on social media, Cowichan Search and Rescue say Scott is autistic and that they are searching in the Carmel and Gibbins Road area. They also say he is familiar with the Cowichan Valley trail.
SAR teams from Metchosin, Juan De Fuca, Saanich, Saltspring and Nanaimo are on the ground and many Duncan residents are also combing their yards.
According to searchers, it’s feared Scott may be actively avoiding anyone in authority. He also knows the Cowichan trail system and he could be anywhere by now. He has no food or water to get through this extreme heat and SAR crews are very concerned.
“The heat, it’s a real concern for us that he’s been out this long and is unlikely to ask for any help,” said Tina Phillips, Cowichan SAR manager.
“He very well could be hiding so we are really asking all the residents especially along the Cowichan Valley trail corridor to be looking into all of their outbuildings, under their boats, under their shelters, under their decks and if you do find Dan please call 911 right away and we’ll get someone out to him.”
Anyone with information regarding Scott’s whereabouts is urged to contact 911 immediately.