Police say missing Oak Bay man found safe
Oak Bay police believe Mark Lovett, 44, set off in his Jeep to go off-roading Monday but never returned home. Feb. 13, 2018. (Police handout)
CTV Vancouver Island
Published Tuesday, February 13, 2018 10:47AM PST
Last Updated Tuesday, February 13, 2018 2:45PM PST
UPDATE: The 44-year-old man reported missing has been found safe. Police say his Jeep broke down in Jordan River, where he spent the night before walking back to Sooke Monday afternoon.
Fantastic news! Our #oakbay Missing Person, Mark Lovett, has been located safe and sound. Apparently, his jeep broke down near Jordan River and he walked to Sooke. Thanks for all of your assistance. #relieved #yyj— Oak Bay Police (@OakBayPolice) February 13, 2018
Original story: A 44-year-old Oak Bay man who set off in his Jeep Monday morning and didn't return home has been reported missing.
Mark Lovett was last seen in Oak Bay around 7:45 a.m. Monday and police say it's uncharacteristic for him to have not returned home.
Police initially said they believed he may have driven to the Shawnigan Lake area to go off-roading in his Jeep, but new information suggests he may have been in the area of Valentine Road and East Sooke Road around 1 p.m. on Monday.
Oak Bay police said they have called in Sooke RCMP and Shawnigan Lake RCMP to assist in the investigation.
“This is apparently completely out of character for Mr. Lovett so we are very concerned," Oak Bay Deputy Chief Ray Bernoties said in a news release. “The general area where he is believed to have gone is quite vast and remote and we do not believe he was equipped for overnighting in these cold conditions.”
Lovett is described as 5'9" with a medium build, short hair and blue eyes and is believed to be wearing camouflage pants and a black jacket.
His Jeep is a red 2001 TJ with B.C. licence plate EB3 13K.
Anyone who sees Lovett or his Jeep is asked to call local police.