Nanaimo RCMP are asking for the public’s help to try to find 72-year-old Rick Larsen. Photo submitted

UPDATE: Searchers can’t find Nanaimo senior

72-year-old Rick Larsen has been missing since Thursday

The search has intensified for a missing senior from Nanaimo.

Nanaimo RCMP advised in a press release Monday afternoon that 72-year-old Rick Larsen, who was reported missing last Thursday, has still not been seen nor heard from.

Larsen left his south end home near Petroglyph Park on Thursday morning. He is an avid hiker who walks upwards of 10 kilometres daily, noted the press release.

Nanaimo Search and Rescue and RCMP Air Services assisted Nanaimo RCMP with the search, covering Haliburton Street as well as Westwood Lake and other area parks. Search and rescue brought in a search dog, and personnel used mountain bikes to cover more trails.

“Investigators have been unable to find anything to indicate where Mr. Larsen may have ventured to. As a result, NSAR have ceased their search efforts but are prepared to reconvene at short notice, if there are any positive developments in the investigation,” noted Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, in the release.

Larsen is Caucasian, clean-shaven, about 6-foot-2, 230 pounds. He may be wearing a black hat, black backpack and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about Larson’s whereabouts is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.

UPDATE: Nanaimo senior goes missing

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