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Family pleads for info on missing father

The family of a missing elderly man issued an emotional plea to the public for help Thursday morning with hopes of generating any tips that could lead to his whereabouts.

Jafar Imanpour was visiting from Iran when he left his son’s home in the Toronto Street area of Port Coquitlam on the evening of Sept. 25 supposedly for a 15-minute walk. The 74-year-old has not been seen since and despite police canvassing and several public announcements, no clues have been generated.

On Thursday, Hossein Imenpour, Jafar’s son, issued a plea to the public in Farsi, hoping that his father will hear the call to come home.

“Where have you gone?” he said. “We are all waiting for you. Mom and the rest of the family are waiting for your return and we want to see you as soon as possible. If you can see me or hear my voice, please contact the police.”

The family is also offering a $5,000 reward to anyone that can provide information leading to Imanpour.

Coquitlam RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung said the missing man has not been taking his blood pressure medication and may be confused. The family said he has been forgetful in the past but has never left without returning.

“This is very unlike him,” Chung said. “This is unusual.”

Chung said search and rescue crews have canvassed the forested area north of Port Coquitlam and police have been going door-to-door in the hopes of finding him.

Imenpour is described as an Iranian male, 5’11” tall, weighing approximately 190 lb. He is balding with white hair and a white moustache, and was last seen wearing a dark blue ball cap, black jacket, blue jeans, black runners and glasses.

When he left the PoCo home, he did not have his wallet, money or a phone.

Imanpour does not speak English and does not know anyone in the area other than his family. He is known to frequent Starbucks in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, and his family said he does not suffer from dementia or Alzheimers disease.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550.

gmckenna@tricitynews.com

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