Kamloops Mounties continue to seek the public’s help in finding a missing Brocklehurst resident.
Lorne Hamer-Jackson has not been seen since June 15 and has not been in contact with his family, who are asking the public to keep an eye out for the black 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt he is believed to be driving — licence plate PBJ 430.
His niece, Jaclyn Frilund, said Hamer-Jackson was last seen at about 9 p.m. Saturday when his brother and sister-in-law stopped in at his Happyvale Avenue home to check in on him at the request of his wife, Fran, who was not home at the time.
Frilund said Hamer-Jackson has mental-health issues for which he takes medication. Frilund said when Fran spoke to Hamer-Jackson over the phone at about 7 p.m. on Saturday, he wasn’t making sense, prompting her to ask family members to check in on him.
“He didn’t seem to be off to them, but who knows how he was really feeling,” Frilund said.
There was about a 14-hour window from the time Hamer-Jackson was last seen to when he was reported missing.
Frilund said Hamer-Jackson’s daughter went to his house on Father’s Day Sunday at about 11 a.m. after he didn’t answer phone calls from family members.
“He wasn’t home and the car was gone,” Frilund said, adding that neighbours noticed some lights on in the house at about 6 a.m. that aren’t usually on at that time. He had left his cell phone behind and didn’t have his wallet with him either.
Frilund said her uncle doesn’t leave the house often, making his disappearance immediately worrisome to the family.
“Usually he’ll call my aunt and check in no matter how he’s feeling,” Frilund said. “This is quite out of behaviour. He doesn’t ever leave for hours, let alone days.”
Frilund said she does not know how far her uncle could have travelled as his vehicle had no more than half tank of gas in it.
The family is looking for him in areas around Kamloops that hold nostalgic feelings for the Kamloops resident of 40 years. Frilund said Hamer-Jackson used to take walks around McArthur Island and also made trips out to East Barriere Lake and Knouff Lake. As a child, he used to live at Tranquille Farms.
“He could be a block away, he could be in a different province, we just don’t know,” she said.
The family is asking for any surveillance footage residents living on nearby Desmond, Holt and Singh streets may have from the weekend.
“We really want to nail down what time he left and what direction he was going — even areas of Tranquille Road, if anybody has video surveillance we’d really appreciate them taking a look at it to see if they can see that black Chevy Cobalt,” Frilund said.
Hamer-Jackson worked as a sales associate for Smith Chevrolet, but has been on leave for a number of years.
Hamer-Jackson is white, 58 years old, stands 5-foot-7 and weighs 225 pounds. He has grey and sandy brown hair and green eyes.
“If you’re out and about, whether in Kamloops or anywhere else in B.C., please, please, please keep your eyes out for this black Chevy Cobalt,” Frilund said.
Anybody with information on Hamer-Jackson’s whereabouts is asked to call the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.