A Sooke man who had declared his candidacy for an upcoming by-election to fill a Councilor seat has been missing since August 16th.

Kenneth Lee Robar is one of ten candidates vying for the seat left vacant by the recent passing of Brenda Parkinson, a three-term Councillor who died in late June 2019 after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

Robar was last seen on August 16, 2019, at approximately 9 a.m. at the SEAPARC Leisure Complex in Sooke. Ed Cunningham, a friend of Robar’s who also knew him from the Sooke Shelter Society, says that Robar accompanied friends to the pool, but chose not to enter the facility with them, saying he would be in shortly after.

Cunningham says that was the last time anyone saw Robar. “They came out and he was gone,” Cunningham says. A missing persons report was filed with Sooke RCMP shortly after.

Cunningham adds that Robar was enthusiastic about the upcoming election, and had recently found a new home to move into.

“He felt strongly for the homeless, that was his main reason to run,” Cunningham says. “He felt there wasn’t enough being done. He understood what it was like.”

Ed Cunningham and his wife, Melanie, say that Robar is on medication and has medical issues.

Sooke RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Robar. When last seen, Robar was wearing a blue and white checkered short sleeve shirt, grey/dark pants with running shoes. He is 53 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a thin build, long white hair and blue eyes.

Sooke RCMP say that anyone with information on Robar’s whereabouts should contact local police, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Tim Ford