Sudbury police continue their search for a missing councillor.
District 2 Councilman Michael Vagnini was reported missing by his family at 11 p.m. on Saturday.
Ward 2 Sudbury City Councilor Michael Vagnini was reported missing from January 27-24. Vagnini is described as a white male, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 260 pounds, with brown eyes, short black hair and an unshaven face. (Supplied/Greater Sudbury Police Service)Starting at 4:15 pm on Monday, the Greater Sudbury Police Service (GSPS) said Vagnini’s whereabouts are still unknown and that police have searched “extensively” the communities of Lively, Naughton, Walden and Whitefish in Greater Sudbury.
“There is concern for his well-being due to the medications he requires and the fact that he does not have them with him,” said Kaitlyn Dunn, GSPS corporate communications supervisor.
Police are asking all Greater Sudbury residents and business owners to assist in the search.
“We are asking the entire Greater Sudbury community to exercise vehicle vigilance in parking lots throughout the city and for residents and business owners to check all premises they own,” police said in a news release.
Vagnini left his cell phone at home when he went out on Saturday.
Michael Vagnini was seen wearing the yellow sweater, green pants and black sneakers described in the Greater Sudbury Police Service news release from Jan. 27 to 24 at a demonstration on Paris Street. (Facebook/Sudbury Freedom Convoy)He is said to be wearing a yellow hoodie, green pants, and black sneakers and driving a black 2021 Ram 1500 pickup truck in the area of MR 55 and McCharles Lake Road. The vehicle’s Ontario registration is BK 22178.
An undated photo provided by the Greater Sudbury Police Service of the black 2021 Ram 1500 pickup truck that Ward 2 City Councilor Michael Vagnini was believed to have been driving when he was reported missing from Jan. 27-24. (Supplied/Greater Sudbury Police Service)It is a heavily wooded area, which Dunn said poses complications to the search.
“It’s quite a large area with multiple off-road trails and bushy areas, so we’re asking for the public’s help to contact police with any information if they see Michael Vagnini,” he said.
Vagnini’s relative, Darren Vagnini, told CTV News the truck’s taillight is out on the passenger side.
Vagnini’s family member, Darren Vagnini, said the passenger taillight on the black 2021 Ram 1500 pickup truck is damaged. (Supplied/Darren Vagnini)Dunn said officers have been searching since Vagnini was first reported missing.
“Our search and rescue team, with the assistance of the emergency response unit, control operations and the rural community response unit, are searching the area of McCharles Lake Trail and use the remotely piloted aircraft system to assist in that search,” he said.
The intersection of Regional Road 55 and McCharles Lake Road in Greater Sudbury on the afternoon of January 28-24. (Angela Gemmill/CTV News Northern Ontario)
Dunn said Sudbury police also contacted the OPP to request use of the helicopter.
“At this time, due to weather conditions it is not possible to fly, but that will be re-evaluated as time progresses,” he said.
Dunn told CTV News that police have received multiple tips from concerned community members.
Anyone with information regarding this incident or the whereabouts of Vagnini or his vehicle is asked to contact GSPS at 705-675-9171 quoting incident number SU24 006569.
Sudbury Police provided this photo of the front of the black 2021 Ram 1500 pickup truck, Ontario license plate BK22 178, which Ward 2 City Councilor Michael Vagnini was believed to be driving when he was reported missing on the 27th and January 24. (Supplied/Greater Sudbury Police Service)