Oceanside RCMP have released an update in regards to a missing 60-year-old man reported missing Monday, when his vehicle was found in Parksville.
Ottavio Cutillo has not been seen since September 8th and in an update, and police are now looking for a witness believed to be involved in the case.
Oceanside RCMP said are looking to speak with a man driving a 2017 white Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, Ontario licence plate BR 63762, who may have helped Cutillo Saturday evening.
It is believed Cutillo’s vehicle, a 2006 red Toyota Yaris, may have broken down that same night near the old train station on the Alberni Highway in Parksville and that the man driving the pickup truck assisted him.
“Attempts to contact the truck’s registered owner have been unsuccessful,” according to Oceanside RCMP spokesperson, Sgt. Shane Worth.
“If you are the owner of this pickup truck or see this pickup truck, please contact police,” Worth said in a statement.
RCMP and Arrowsmith Search and Rescue have been actively searching for Cutillo since Monday and say he may still be in the Oceanside area.
He’s known to frequent beaches in Parksville and Qualicum Beach.
RCMP described Cutillo as six-foot-two and 210 pounds with a stocky build and close-cropped salt-and-pepper hair, and has some teeth missing.
He usually wears darks clothes and is unsteady on his feet but frequents local walking beaches in Parksville and Qualicum Beach.
Anyone who may have seen Ottavio over the last few days or has information about his current whereabouts are asked to contact Oceanside RCMP at 250-248-6111.