Missing man found safe in Point May area

Paul Herridge
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A man who went missing in the Point May area Tuesday has been found in good health.

Staff Sergeant Dale Foote of the Burin Peninsula RCMP said Frederic Theriault, 23, was located in a wooded area near the community Thursday morning.

“We were fearful of what might have happened,” Foote said, noting the region is known for its rugged terrain including cliffs and water.

Foote indicated police were still investigating the reasons behind Theriault’s disappearance but said he appeared to have been “camped out.”

According to the RCMP, Theriault, a resident of Saguenay, Que., went for a walk just before supper Tuesday and did not return. He was last seen in the in the area of the cell tower at Point Crewe around 5 p.m. that day.

Point May Assistant Fire Chief Lawrence Harnett said firefighters received a call to their pager system just after midnight Wednesday morning.

A search began shortly afterwards, he said, which lasted through the night and until sundown the following evening. Members of the Burin Peninsula Ground Search and Rescue team joined in Wednesday morning.

Two helicopters belonging to Fire and Emergency Services and the Canadian Coast Guard were also brought in to look for the missing man.

Lawrence, who said Theriault was in a relationship with a woman from Point May and is not well known to residents of the community, indicated as many as 50 people were involved in the search at one point on Wednesday.

“We didn’t come up with a thing between us,” he told The Southern Gazette yesterday evening.

After breaking overnight, the Ground Search and Rescue team resumed the search this morning.

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