Just where is Ignatio Viana?
And could you, perhaps, take a minute to look around your property or neighbourhood to see if you can find him or a clue as to his whereabouts?
The 81-year-old went missing after leaving at 9 a.m. on Sept. 17 to go cycling in the Erin Mills Parkway and Folkway Dr. area. But this search is far and 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 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 have reached out to Halton Police and Hamilton Police as well because it was common for Viana to cycle to those jurisdictions.
People in the Erin Mills area have also been looking along the bike paths and ravines.
So far nothing. It’s like he vanished. It’s a real mystery.
“We are asking homeowners to also check their properties,” police say.
Peel police describe him as 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds with a thin build and short wavy hair. They note he is “known to ride long distances on his bicycle and has previously ridden in excess of 400 km in a single day. As such, his exact whereabouts or destination are unknown.”
Viana speaks Spanish “and a bit of English,” his niece said.
Peel Police’s 11 Division has been working hard looking for him and are asking anyone who may have information to call them at 905-453-3311 ext. 1133 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.
They are trying to find Ignatio Viana and they need your help.