Search called off for missing Bowser man

81-year-old James Roberts was last see Thursday, Feb. 4 at 10:30 a.m.

The search for an 81-year-old man suffering from dementia who went missing Thursday morning in Bowser, was called off Sunday afternoon.

James Roberts was last seen at 10:30 a.m. leaving his home near the Lighthouse Community Centre along Lions Way Feb. 4.

According to a news release issued by Oceanside RCMP, Roberts was on foot headed in an unknown direction and “he is quite possibly disoriented.”

Police describe Roberts as: Caucasian, 6’2″, slender, short grey hair, green eyes wearing blue jeans, green jacket, brown and white hat and glasses.

More than 140 searchers total from across the mid-Island aided Arrowsmith Search and Rescue’s efforts for four days until the decision was made to call off the search, “having covered all the best probability areas at least twice, sometimes four times,” said search manager Joe Kinch.

They were aided by a 442 squadron search helicopeter three times as well as two dog teams and two horse mounted searchers.

Kinch said the file will remain an active RCMP missing person file and the family will likely continue searching on their own.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of James Roberts is urged to contact the Oceanside RCMP at 250-248-6111.