UPDATED: Vancouver police renews search for missing man

Police initially thought they found David Sullivan in the U.S.

Vancouver police announced Wednesday a renewed search for David Sullivan, the missing man first believed to be found in the U.S. last week.

“We are gravely concerned for Mr. Sullivan’s health and well-being, and we are doing everything we can to find him,” media relations officer Const. Steve Addision said in a press release. “We are working with Mr. Sullivan’s family, as well as law enforcement agencies throughout B.C. and Canada to locate Mr. Sullivan and bring him home.”

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On July 11, Vancouver police announced that Sullivan had been located in the U.S., however, today police said that “further investigation confirmed that person was not, in fact, Mr. Sullivan.”

Addison told the Courier that investigators received information from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) that Sullivan had traveled to the U.S. from Vancouver.

“We had every reason to believe he was safe and sound,” he said in an email.

“On Tuesday, we sought and obtained additional details about David Sullivan’s travel itinerary and realized, at that time, that this was not the same person, but rather someone with a similar name and appearance.”

Addison said the investigation was immediately re-started at that time.

Sullivan, who has dementia and diabetes, was reported missing on July 1. The 61-year-old was last seen in the area of Gore and Alexander streets on June 27 and was captured on surveillance video in that same area two days later.

At that time he was wearing a red and white checkered shirt and brown pants, and was carrying a blue gym bag. He is bald and a round face. He stands between 5’10” and 6-feet tall, and has a heavy build. He is known to wear a tag around his neck with his address on it.

@JessicaEKerr

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