Family, friends, and members of the community have been searching areas in and around Sooke after three men went missing Friday evening.

It is believed that the three, A.J. Jenson, Eric Blackmore and Corey Mills left to go off-roading Friday night in the Sooke/Cowichan/Renfrew area, and they have not been heard from since.

The area is infamous for lack of cellular service, and coupled with the heavy rain and adverse weather conditions this past weekend, friends and family are concerned for the boys’ safety as they say the three 20 year-olds have not made contact with anyone since approximately 11 p.m. that night.

The three were travelling together in a blue Dodge Dakota with the license plate NY9677 – which has since reportedly been located Sunday morning, according to a Facebook group dedicated to locating the boys, though the vehicle was unoccupied.

The vehicle’s discovery came after a helicopter joined hundreds of Sooke area residents searching for the teens, and Search and Rescue had set up a base camp in Shirley on Sunday.

Though members of the public and community were previously looking to help out with search efforts, Search and Rescue have now told civilian searchers that they will handle the rescue.

Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue is currently conducting the search, and says anyone with information on their whereabouts should call Sooke RCMP or 911.

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