Quesnel resident Malcolm Earl McLaughlin, 90, was last seen Dec. 30 at 4 p.m. Police are asking the public for help in locating the missing man. (Photo submitted)

UPDATED: Tragic end to search for missing Quesnel senior

Malcolm McLaughlin, 90, had been missing since Dec. 30. His dog, Chico, was alive and unhurt.

Update Monday, Jan. 6 at 11:20 a.m.:

An update from the North District RCMP, released Monday morning, states that Malcolm McLaughlin, the 90-year-old Quesnel resident who went missing just after Christmas, was found deceased in his vehicle Sunday, Jan. 5 on Tranquille Road in Kamloops.

McLaughlin had been reported missing on Jan. 1 and had not been seen since Dec. 30 at 4 p.m.

“All evidence suggests that he was involved in a single-vehicle collision, and there is nothing suspicious regarding the crash,” according to a press release from the RCMP. “His dog, Chico, was found alive and uninjured and was taken to a local animal hospital until arrangements could be made to return the dog to Mr. McLaughlin’s family.”

The RCMP wishes to thank the public in the search for McLaughlin and Chico. The B.C. Coroners Service will have conduct of the investigation, and no further information to be released at this time, according to police.

Original story from Jan. 2:

The Quesnel RCMP are asking for the public’s help in locating a 90-year-old Quesnel resident showing symptoms of dementia.

Malcolm Earl McLaughlin was last seen on Monday, Dec. 30 at 4 p.m.

“Mr. McLaughlin has a history of memory loss, and leaving his home without being in contact with his family is out of character,” according to a press release from the RCMP.

Malcolm McLaughlin is described as approximately 170 pounds and 5’11” with gray hair and brown eyes and as a man who wears glasses. It is unknown what he was wearing at the time of his disappearance.

McLaughlin is believed to be operating a black 2013 Chevrolet Trax, with B.C. license plate EN115T. The vehicle has a Canadian flag attached to the rear antenna. McLaughlin may be in the company of his Dachshund named Chico, according to police.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Malcolm McLaughlin is urged to contact the Quesnel RCMP at 250-992-9211 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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