Update: Sadly he has been located deceased. https://missingpeople.ca/sudbury-councillor-michael-vagnini-found-dead-near-a-seasonal-residence-in-atikameksheng-anishnawbek/
It has now been a full week since Greater Sudbury city councillor Michael Vagnini was last seen.
There is no new information from the Greater Sudbury Police Service as investigators continue their search around the McCharles Lake area, where the 62-year-old was last seen.
On Saturday, dozens of concerned citizens began their own search across Greater Sudbury and beyond.
They met at Local Jerky Plus on Fielding Road in Lively. The business owner Shawn Scott organized the citizens’ search.
“Michael is missing and we got to use all the resources that we possibly can,” he said, adding that he couldn’t just sit at home and wonder where his friend was.
“We’re kind of tied with leads, and it’s pretty much a needle in a haystack… Right now time is of the essence. We have to search. We have to find Michael. It’s been seven days now.”
Scott called Vagnini “an amazing man,” who helped him when he was facing his own hurdles in the past.
Before heading off in all directions the volunteers were provided with piles of flyers and some last minute advice.
“Stay safe, don’t go off on your own being Sherlock Holmes or anything like that,” said Jason Paquette, a wilderness guide and survival expert.
“Report anything that you think is significant in any way because the smallest thing could open up the investigation.”