Police search for missing man near Westbourne

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Dozens of people joined RCMP Monday to continue searching for a missing 61-year-old Sandy Bay First Nation man who may be in need of medical attention.

Amaranth RCMP received reports Sunday that Leslie Levasseur, 61, was possibly in medical distress inside a vehicle on Highway 16 at Road 51 W about two kilometres west of Wesbourne, Man.

By the time police arrived at the scene, Levasseur had exited the vehicle, walked into a nearby ditch and disappeared, according to RCMP.

Fifty people took part in a search Sunday afternoon and evening. On Monday, RCMP and about up to 70 people from surrounding communities continued searching the area where Levasseur was last seen, about 50 kilometres northwest of Portage la Prairie.

Levasseur has a medical condition that can cause him to become disoriented or confused, RCMP said.

Levasseur’s son Kevin Roulette and other friends and family joined the search Monday. Roulette said he is scared for his father’s well-being knowing he may have been disoriented before he went missing.

“What if he collapsed in the bush or something?” Roulette asked. “Right now, they haven’t found anything. To me that’s kind of a good sign, because … I’d rather have him somewhere else safe than in the bush suffering.”

Levasseur is 5-foot-10 with a medium build and has silver grey hair that he may be wearing in a ponytail. Levasseur was wearing a red T-shirt and jeans when he went missing, Roulette said.

“We’re just keeping our hopes up right now,” Roulette said. “We’re not trying to think about the worst, and that is exactly what I am telling the younger ones. I am trying to give them support so they don’t think he’s gone.”

Anyone who comes across Levasseur is asked to call their local RCMP detachment. Amaranth RCMP are available at 204-843-2309.

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