(Photo by Comox Valley RCMP)

Authorities are still searching for 51-year-old Michael Gazetas who went missing several months ago.

Gazetas was last seen leaving his Courtenay residence on January 31, 2020, and is believed to have been travelling in his red Ford Ranger, BC license plate HX4109.

Search and rescue teams, accompanied by his friends who launched a fundraiser and hired a helicopter to try and find him, scoured areas of interest in and around Comox Valley and the Buttle Lake area of Strathcona park, and along the coast from the Nanaimo ferry terminal to Courtenay.

Neither Gazetas, nor his truck have since been found.

(Gazetas’ car/Photo by Comox Valley RCMP)

He was wearing a red and blue poncho over a black shirt and vest, paired with dark jeans and a green toque at the time of his disappearance.

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Now, Comox Valley RCMP have issued another appeal for people to keep an eye out for Gazetas and his truck.

“The weather is improving and people are starting to venture outside for some local recreation,” said Cst. Shana Macquarrie.

“Michael liked the outdoors and may have taken a drive down one of the forest service roads on Vancouver Island.”

Investigators do not believe that Gazetas left the island.

Anyone who sees Guzetas or his truck, or knows where he is should contact Comox Valley RCMP at (250) 338-1321.

If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Comox Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at comoxvalleycrimestoppers.bc.ca.