Saanich Police believe a man that went missing from the Seven Oaks Tertiary Mental Health Facility might have discarded or is wearing a pair of fairly new black hiking boots.
Sean Hart, 34, went missing from the Saanich health care centre on November 6 and has not been seen since.
Hart is known to walk without shoes on, so police say he might have taken off the shoes and thrown them away somewhere. It is also a possibility that he currently has them on.
The shoes are an Under Armour men’s size 10, in the model Valsetz. They are considered mid-hiking boots and are all black in colour, including the soles.
Police are asking the public to not touch the boots if they come across the boots abandoned somewhere, but call police immediately.
Hart has been reported missing in the past, but he is either found or has returned on his own accord within a few days, police said.
“He has done this before, however not passed six days,” said Cst. Markus Anastasiades with Saanich police last month.
Hart’s mother flew in from Calgary to help when he went missing.
“I’m really concerned where he is,” said Penny Hart last month. “Typically when Sean does this, he will take his shoes off and he will walk and walk for miles. He has been known to get off the ferry in Vancouver last time he went a-w-o-l-l and walked all the way to North Vancouver. He just does not stop.”
Penny says he should be easy to spot, and that he is usually on medication but when off his episodes are severe, she says all he is trying to do is run away and isolate himself from others.
“He is going to be acting really radical,” she said. “He will draw attention to himself, he will be talking to himself very loudly. Like someone has got to see him, and they haven’t and that’s my concern.”
Hart is described as 6 feet tall and very thin with blue eyes and long, curly brown-reddish hair. Police add that he was last seen last dressed in black clothing.
If Hart is spotted, he should not be approached. According to police, he will require immediate medical attention as he lives with schizophrenia and has not received his medication. The public is being asked instead to keep an eye on him and call 9-1-1.