Nanaimo SAR searches for missing man

NANAIMO – More than 20 search and rescue volunteers comb Kipp Road area for missing elderly Nanaimo man.

A search for Jacque Bonenfant, 80, who was reported missing April 11, was carried out this week in the area around Kipp Road south of the Duke Point overpass Wednesday by Nanaimo Search and Rescue.

More than 20 searchers were dispatched to follow up on a report from a man driving southbound on the Island Highway who saw a man resembling Bonenfant walking in the area about the time he went missing. The report was made Sunday after the driver saw a description of Bonenfant in the news media.

Based on the information received, the area was searched by an RCMP dog team, which found articles of clothing similar to what Bonenfant was wearing when he disappeared.

Nanaimo Search and Rescue volunteers combed the wooded, marshy area for five hours Wednesday, but ended the search at 8 p.m. after nothing further was found.

Bonenfant remains missing.

Anyone who has information about Bonenfant or knows of his whereabouts is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at