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Local man missing, search continues

'Tad' Woods is missing from East Sooke.
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Sooke RCMP are looking for a 76-year-old East Sooke man who went missing early morning last Friday.

Thomas Woods, who goes by the name of Tad, was last heard of at 8:30 a.m. on March 31.

According to the police, Woods made plans to head into Colwood and Langford to do some banking and visit his daughter.

Woods left his vehicle, cell phone, keys and wallet at his home on Gillespie Road.

He is suspected to have travelled by local transit, taxis or on foot via the Galloping Goose Trail.

There have been four search and rescue groups from the Greater Victoria area involved in the search for Woods.

Police have canvassed the Galloping Goose Trail, and the auxiliary coast guard performed a shoreline search, but no traces of Woods have turned up, according to Steve Wright, Sooke RCMP staff sergeant.

An aerial search via helicopter was also performed.

“Right now we’ve scaled back the search completely until we have something more to work on,” Wright said.

Police do not suspect foul play.

Woods was believed to be wearing a puffy black jacket, jeans and running shoes. He is five-foot-nine with a medium build with short, wavy grey hair and blue eyes. Police said Woods is in good physical condition.

If anyone has further information on Woods, they are advised to call 9-1-1.

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