The mother of a Winnipeg man who vanished 11 days ago addressed the media Friday in an emotional plea for help, saying she is heartbroken and needs the public’s assistance to bring her son home.
Scott Hadath, 39, was last seen leaving his job at Canadian Tire on Fermor Avenue about 3 p.m. on June 5.
"We need to have him come back," said Valerie Hadath. "We love him dearly and need him to come home. We want to know that he is safe. It’s the thing that is most important to us all."
In the 11 days since his disappearance, his family and friends have searched everywhere they think he could be.
City police and RCMP have also been searching for him, and news of his disappearance has been circulating on social media.
His family grew concerned on June 6 after Scott did not return to his Windsor Park home where he lives with his mother and two dogs. He also did not show up to work that day.
His family immediately attempted to get in touch with him, but his cellphone was found at home.
His family said this is "completely out of character" for Scott, who they describe as extremely reliable and with no history of disappearing.
"After 11 days, you start storytelling and trying to build an understanding," said Rob Hadath, Scott’s brother. "You tell yourself all kinds of stories, and that’s what has been really exhausting for us as a family. It’s the not knowing. There is a real story. We’re just at a loss for what it might be."
His co-workers at Canadian Tire, where he has worked for over a decade, are also concerned as Scott only misses work if he is ill and always calls in sick to let his employers know.
Scott is described as a Caucasian male, five-foot-ten with a heavy build, thick beard and hazel eyes.
He is believed to be driving a 2015 black Mini Cooper with the Manitoba licence plate HJB 662.
His mother said she was not aware of any extra stress or anything unusual going on in Scott’s life prior to his disappearance.
"He had a strong peer group," said Rob. "He had hobbies. He had a job that he liked. So we’re just at a loss right now."
Rob described his brother as a trustworthy, introverted man.
"He’s quiet and not often outspoken with people he doesn’t know. He’s a good person and a gentle soul," he said.
His family hopes with the public’s help they may be able to track down Scott, who normally at this time of year would be enjoying kayaking and fishing with his family at their cabin in the Whiteshell area.
"It’s a time we cherish because we like to go to the lake," said Valerie. "Those were the things we were really looking forward to, and right now it’s just breaking our hearts because they’re not there."
In the days since his disappearance, his dogs have been at home staring at the door, waiting for him to walk through the entrance, his mom said.
"The more eyes we have out there that can bring my son back home the better," said Valerie. "We love him very much. From our very hearts we love him. We want him to come back home. We’re hopeful that all of you will be helpful in getting the dots together so that we can get him back."