An 89-year-old Saanich man who was en route to Lytton in BC’s interior has been reported missing after failing to reach his destination.
Leslie Desfosses, the elderly individual in question, was believed to have made a stop in Hope before disappearing.
Family members confirmed his last known whereabouts was in Hope on May 16th at 4:20 p.m. where he was purchasing dinner.
It is believed he was heading to Skihist, which is about 8 kilometres east of Lytton.
The file was originally being handled by Saanich Police but has since been handed over to BC RCMP.
Police and his family are very concerned for his well-being.
With his failure to arrive in Lytton and limited information about his whereabouts, authorities are growing increasingly worried about his safety.
Desfosses is described as an 89-year-old man with white hair and a moustache. He was last seen driving his grey 2012 Subaru Forester with the BC license plate 925SLA.
The vehicle serves as a crucial identifier for potential sightings, and authorities are urging the public to remain vigilant and report any information that could lead to his whereabouts.
MISSING: Please help us find Leslie Desfosses, missing from Saanich since May 16th. He was driving to Lytton but did not arrive. He was believed to have stopped in Hope in the late afternoon. He is 89 years-old, with white hair and a moustache. pic.twitter.com/LwytGnUElf
— Saanich Police (@SaanichPolice) May 19, 2023
The search efforts are currently focused on areas between Hope and Lytton, as this was the intended route Desfosses was expected to take. Local law enforcement agencies, along with search and rescue teams, have joined forces to comb through the region, hoping to locate him swiftly and ensure his safety.
As the search intensifies, Desfosses’ family and friends are anxiously awaiting news of his safe return.
If you have any information regarding Leslie Desfosses’ whereabouts or have seen his grey 2012 Subaru Forester with the license plate 925SLA, please contact your local police detachment.