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Nanaimo RCMP along with search and rescue members are conducting a massive land and water search for a missing 32-year-old man.

According to police, the man’s vehicle was located in the parking lot next to the Nanaimo River bridge at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Friday, January 14th.

The individual’s cell phone, wallet and keys were found inside the vehicle.

Based on information gathered to date, Cst. Gary O’Brien said in a media release that the missing person’s family members are extremely worried for his safety and well-being.

Shortly after locating the vehicle, Nanaimo Search and Rescue (NSAR) and the RCMP K-9 unit were contacted and began searching the area, including the Nanaimo River.

This morning, on Saturday January 15th, search and rescue crews from nearby jurisdictions joined in the search bringing the number of search and rescue volunteers to approximately 70.

Additionally, two helicopters, a fast response vessel from the Cedar Volunteer Fire Hall and a SAR canine unit were brought in to assist.

Police describe the missing man as caucasian, 5’10” tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a forest green sweater, tan pants and dark shoes.

The family have requested a picture and name not be released.

“There is roughly 11 kilometers of shoreline and water which makes up the Nanaimo River. The sheer size of the river compounded with the water levels and the current speed of the water, is making for challenging search conditions,” said O’Brien.

Anyone with information that may assist in the search efforts are asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

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