UPDATE Jan. 9:
Eli Vandevoort has been found.
The 36-year-old was reported issing from Enderby, having last been seen on New Year’s Day.
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP report that he has since been located safe.
ORIGINAL Jan. 3:
Police are asking the public for help in locating a 36-year-old man, last seen in the Enderby area on New Year’s Day.
Eli Samuel Vandevoort was last seen Jan. 1 at 9 p.m. on 3rd Avenue.
Vandevoort is described as an Indigenous male standing five-foot-11-inches and weighing 154 pounds with long brown hair and brown eyes.
The Splatsin band reports Vandevoort’s car was found abandoned on the side of the road and he was last seen at the BC Ambulance Service depot in Enderby.
He has no cell phone and believed to be wearing a mustard yellow hoodie and a baseball cap.
He is not from the area and does not know anyone in Enderby other than his siblings Jim and Linda (Maxime) Mansfield.
”He is not dressed for the cold weather and the need to locate him as soon as possible is urgent,” the Splatsin band said.
There is a Communication Centre set up at the Splatsin Community Centre and the Mansfield family is asking Splatsin band members if they can join in the search of surrounding areas.
“Your help is greatly appreciated. If you own a snow machine, gas money will be provided by the family.”
The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are concerned for Vandevoort’s health and wellbeing.
Anyone with information on Vandevoort’s whereabouts is urged to contact their local police, remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip online at nokcrimestoppers.com.