One of five young Vancouver men at the centre of a police appeal has been found alive and well, living in a small B.C. town under a different name.

Twenty-nine year old Daniel Holt was reported missing by his mother last September, but was recognised by someone in his new community after police made a televised appeal for help in finding the five men last week.

Const. Lindsey Houghton said the person who recognised Holt put him in touch with Vancouver police.

"Police spoke to Mr Holt and confirmed it was him, he wanted to leave the community and didn't want people to know where he was going," Houghton said.

Houghton didn't elaborate on the reasons Holt had for leaving Vancouver, but says his actions weren't illegal.

Four still missing

Holt was one of five men who disappeared from Vancouver last year, leaving police baffled as to their whereabouts.

The four men still missing are Permadech Tatti, Mitchell Gallivan, Brian Mbaruk and Mathew Huszar, all aged between 19 and 25.

None of their disappearances has any evidence of foul play, but all of the cases are otherwise unique.

Of more than 3,500 people reported missing in Vancouver last year, these four men are now the only ones who have not been found.