The search for an 81-year-old Mississauga cyclist missing since last Friday has ended with the discovery of his body in Halton Region.
Ignatio Viana went missing Sept. 17 after leaving his Erin Mills Parkway and Folkway Dr. home at 9 a.m. to go cycling. The search was wide reaching to all areas near Peel Region because as a cyclist, Ignatio was known to bike great distances.
Sometimes “50 kilometres in a day,” said his niece in a video appeal for help issued early Thursday by Peel Regional Police.
“He is an 81-year-old guy,” she said, with his wife of 52 years by her side. “He is a strong, fit old man” who is very “sharp.”
And last Friday he was supposed to do a shorter ride because he had plans to go to lunch with his family.
He didn’t arrive.
He was wearing an orange and yellow cycling jersey, black cycling shorts, black cycling shoes with toe clips, black cycling gloves and a blue and white helmet, and and riding a grey bike.
Police reached out to Halton Police and Hamilton Police because it was common for Viana to cycle to those jurisdictions.
Around 10:30 a.m. Thursday, a cyclist westbound on Lower Base Line W, east of 6th Line, in Milton spotted a body and a bicycle in a ditch and called 911.
Police confirmed it is Viana.
Halton cops say there were no obvious signs of trauma and the cause of death is under investigation. It appears he had been deceased for a while, police said.
Viana’s family has been notified by Peel police of the discovery.
Anyone with dashcam footage or who drove that route since last Friday and perhaps saw Viana is asked to contact police.