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Missing Qualicum Beach resident identified
A search on the ground, in the air and on the water continues in Qualicum Beach for a man who left his home Thursday morning and hasn’t been seen since.
Missing is Qualicum Beach resident William Andrew Pope, 69, who was last seen by his wife shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday, April 14. Searchers believe he walked away from the family home, located in the 400 block of Macquinna Place.
Pope is described as being six feet tall, 180 pounds with grey hair. He was wearing eyeglasses at the time of his disappearance.
Oceanside RCMP reported that evidence indicates Pope may be experiencing some form of mental distress. Foul play is not suspected in the disappearance.
On Thursday, volunteers with Arrowsmith Search and Rescue, along with the Coast Guard, a RCMP West Coast Marine Services vessel and a private plane fanned out to search for the missing man in any of the possible areas he may have walked.
Police are in contact with multiple local service agencies, such as hospitals, while possible video surveillance tapes, taxis and hotels are being checked and monitored for any clue into the man’s whereabouts.
Anyone with information about Pope’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Oceanside RCMP at 250-248-6111.