RCMP ask for public assistance locating missing Nanaimo youth

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Nanaimo RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 17-year-old Gaige Knighton.

Knighton was last seen on Sept. 5 and was reported missing the same day, according to RCMP.

Extensive patrols conducted by police and searches by friends and caregivers have been unsuccessful in locating him, police said. As a result, his family is worried for his safety and well-being.

Knighton took a few personal items with him before leaving his north Nanaimo home on his purple BMX bike. Police said he is known to frequent skate parks in Nanaimo and investigators are also following up on reports that he may be living in a tent.

Knighton is an Indigenous youth. He is 5 ft.8, 170 lbs and the picture provided is recent, police said.

He was last seen wearing a red sweater, camouflage pants, tan coloured boots and had a brown backpack with him. RCMP said Knighton does not have a cell phone.

Anyone who knows his location can call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-33660.

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