UPDATE: Missing off-roader located safe and sound after breakdown

RCMP and Oak Bay police end search spanning Sooke to Shawnigan and beyond

Oak Bay police are looking for Mark Lovett, 44, and his Jeep is a red 2001 TJ with BC licence EB313K. (OBPD handout)

Oak Bay police are looking for Mark Lovett, 44, and his Jeep is a red 2001 TJ with BC licence EB313K. (OBPD handout)

UDPATE: Oak Bay Police@OakBayPolice

7 mins ago

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

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Searchers took to the skies in a chopper today to search for a man reported missing this morning from Oak Bay.

Mark Lovett, 44, is described as 5’9, medium build, short hair, blue eyes.

It is believed that he may have gone to the Shawnigan Lake area yesterday to ‘off-road’ in his Jeep. He was last seen in Oak Bay around 7:45 a.m. yesterday (Feb. 12). It is out of character for him to not be back by now.

“Anyone who has seen this Jeep yesterday or today should call the police as any information may assist us in this search,” said Deputy Chief Ray Beroties. “This is apparently completely out of character for Mr. Lovett so we are very concerned.”

The Jeep is a red 2001 TJ with BC licence EB313K.

Lovett is known to take his Jeep to the Shawnigan Lake area and some information suggests that he may have gone to the Weeks Lake area, approximately 25 kms west of Shawnigan Lake. The Oak Bay Police are working with the Shawnigan Lake RCMP and with Sooke RCMP as they’ve had indication he was seen near Valentine Road and East Sooke Road yesterday around 1 p.m.

“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,” Bernoties said.


 

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UPDATE: Missing off-roader located safe and sound after breakdown

Oak Bay police are looking for Mark Lovett, 44, and his Jeep is a red 2001 TJ with BC licence EB313K. (OBPD handout)

Oak Bay police are looking for Mark Lovett, 44, and his Jeep is a red 2001 TJ with BC licence EB313K. (OBPD handout)