RCMP Sooke
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Update: Located and safe.

Original:

Sooke RCMP have launched a marine search and rescue operation after a Horne Road resident reported seeing a canoe and paddle washed up in the Sooke Basin.

Authorities believe the canoe belongs to 40-year-old James Milito, who lives on a sailboat anchored nearby.

He is described as a Caucasian male who stands 5’8″ tall, weighs 180 lbs, and has short brown hair. Police have not been able to find a photograph of him yet.

After the canoe was found, officers searched Milito’s sailboat – his dog was there, but he was nowhere to be seen.

If anyone has seen Milito in the past 72 hours, please contact Sooke RCMP at 250-642-5241.

 

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