UPDATE: Giles Bixler was located safe and sound in Esquimalt on Thursday afternoon, one day after he went missing.
Earlier: Saanich Police are asking for the public’s help as they are currently searching for an 84-year-old man suffering from dementia.
According to police, Giles Bixler appeared confused when last seen earlier this evening.
Police are currently searching for him along with the Victoria Fire Department who are using a drone equipped with Forward-Looking Infra-Red (FLIR). This device can locate the heat signature of a person from an elevated position.
As of 9:05 pm, police were searching the area of Mount Douglas Beach, Cormorant Point and Balmacarra Beach in Saanich.
Bixler is described as Caucasian, medium build, and was wearing a black down jacket.
Patrol officers, assisted by @SaanichPDK9, are searching for an elderly male, possibly suffering from dementia, in the area of Ash Road and Torquay Dr. He was described by the caller as white, 65-70 years old, wearing a black puffy jacket. If spotted, please call 911
— Saanich PD Patrol (@SaanichPDPatrol) October 24, 2019
The man was looking in backyards for the Vancouver Art Gallery. Due to the darkness and access to the water, police are very concerned for his well-being.
Police are asking for anyone who finds Bixler to remain with him and call 9-1-1.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Saanich Police Department at (250) 475-4321.