As far as his sons know, there was nothing going on in Alexander McIntosh’s life that would have prompted the 87-year-old to want to disappear.
“We know as much as you do,” Ross McIntosh told The Daily News on Wednesday. “As you can understand, it’s quite a shock.”
McIntosh and his brother, Alan, drove from the Lower Mainland to Kamloops to help search for their dad.
Alexander’s car was found in Riverside Park near the tennis courts on Monday afternoon. RCMP conducted a thorough search of the park and surrounding area with the help of boats, a helicopter and dog team, but there was no sign of Alexander.
Media reports suggested someone saw Alexander in the river, but RCMP Const. Bernie Ward said there is no proof of that. In fact, there is nothing to suggest where Alexander went once he parked his vehicle.
“We have no direction of travel from the vehicle,” said Ward.
Alexander’s car was still in the park late Monday afternoon but was gone the following morning. McIntosh said he and Alan had the RCMP’s permission to drive it back to their dad’s downtown apartment building.
“We don’t want people thinking he got in and drove the car off,” he said.
McIntosh said it’s not like his dad to take off without telling anyone, nor was there anything to suggest in conversations with him that dementia was setting in.
“We’re mystified. He’s an 87-year-old guy and we’ve heard nothing from him,” he said, since Sunday night.
“It’s been very distressing.”
Although 87, his dad is independent and lives alone. McIntosh said he has no family in town, just friends.
Alexander was director of nursing at Tranquille School from 1963 until the then sanatorium closed in 1983. The site is now known as Tranquille on the Lake.
“He invested a lot of his time in working with the residents at Tranquille,” said McIntosh. “He dedicated a good portion of his life to that.”
His dad is the type who leaves his business at the door, but he was passionate about what he did, said McIntosh.
“He was pretty instrumental in seeing that these residents were looked after and had homes later in life,” he said.
McIntosh said his dad continued to work with non-profits to help those in need after Tranquille closed.
Alexander is five feet 11 inches tall, 192 pounds and has blue eyes and grey hair. Ward said police don’t know what he was wearing when he disappeared.
“The search continues,” said Ward. “We’re hoping for the best.”