Blewett resident Joe Moyer was last seen leaving his Blewett residence at approximately 5 a.m. on June 13. The RCMP and Nelson Search and Rescue have conducted a ground search of the area around his residence

Blewett resident Joe Moyer was last seen leaving his Blewett residence at approximately 5 a.m. on June 13. The RCMP and Nelson Search and Rescue have conducted a ground search of the area around his residence

UPDATED: RCMP ask for public’s help to locate missing Blewett man

Nelson RCMP are searching 42-year-old Joe Moyer after he left his home in Blewett early this morning, heading towards the Kootenay Canal.

The Nelson RCMP are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Blewett man whom they believe may need medical attention due to mental health issues.

At 5 a.m. Saturday, Joe Moyer, 42, walked away from his family home in the 4000 block of Blewett Rd, near Nelson. Moyer was alone and in the company of his black lab dog and was believed to be heading west towards the Kootenay Canal.

Police ask people not to approach Moyer as it is reported his dog can be defensive on behalf of the owner.

Moyer is described as 185 cm (6’1) 104 kg (230 lbs), with long, grey curly hair, unshaven, wearing grey pants, a black winter type jacket and not wearing any shoes.

The family became concerned when he had not returned later in the morning and called police for assistance just before noon.

Yesterday evening Nelson Search and Rescue and the RCMP conducted a ground search of the area around Moyer’s residence and the Kootenay Canal / Rover Creek area. Friends and family have advised they are conducting their own searches this morning, with the authorities regrouping this afternoon.

The family is concerned because Moyer has not been eating regularly. His condition when last seen was described as “weak”.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance as there are believed to be some mental health issues that require medical attention.  If you see, or have seen this individual please call 911.