June 5, 2019 2:21 pm
Updated: June 5, 2019 6:02 pm

‘Help us find our son’: Emotional plea from family of missing man with mental illness

Ryan McAuley vanished back in February and his family fears for his safety. Sarah MacDonald has more on his family's plea for help.

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The family of a missing B.C. man with mental health issues is making an emotional plea to the public to help find him.

Ryan McAuley, 34, was last seen at a store in Maple Ridge on Feb. 15.

Coquitlam RCMP Cpl. Michael McLaughlin said he is wanted on a Mental Health Act warrant, but that police and McAuley’s family are primarily concerned about his well being.

WATCH: Security video of the last sighting of Ryan McAuley

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McAuley’s parents say he suffers from late-onset schizophrenia, a condition his father Ron said compels him to go on “walkabouts.”

“Before he would leave us a note, phone us to let us know he was alright. There was activity in his bank accounts or he has turned himself into a hospital. This time, there’s nothing,” said Ron.

“We’re still jumping every time we hear the phone ring.”

McAuley’s parents say he struggles with schizophrenia and requires medication.

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His mother Darlene said McAuley is quiet, friendly and intelligent, and can “present very well.”

“But he does need medication, and that’s what we’re so concerned about. Please help us find our son,” she said.

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“Ryan, if you’re listening to this, please know that your family misses you, loves you and wants you back home. You always have a home with us. Please call us.”

McLaughin said on previous disappearances, McAuley has relied on hitchhiking and has made it as far as the B.C. interior, Alberta, Manitoba and even Ontario.

But he said this time, there has been no activity on the McAuley’s bank account, phone or social media accounts.

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“Even when Ryan has gone missing in the past, there has usually been some trace. He’s left breadcrumbs and we’ve been able to find him,” he said.

“This time our biggest concern is that there is no trace of Ryan.”

McLaughin said investigators are desperate for any information that could give them a starting point to help track McAuley down.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Coquitlam RCMP.

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