Pancho Desperatus-Amator-DeTanza

Canadian citizen Pancho Desperatus-Amator-DeTanza went missing from Cottonwood Lodge psychiatric hospital in Coquitlam, B.C. on Tuesday morning. (Coquitlam RCMP)

Police are asking the public for help to find Pancho Desperatus-Amator-DeTanza, who has been missing from Coquitlam's Cottonwood Lodge psychiatric hospital since Tuesday morning.

The 37-year-old Canadian citizen was last seen by hospital staff at 9 a.m. PT on Tuesday morning, wearing a dark grey plaid shirt and blue jeans.

He is described as Hispanic, is six feet two inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. According to police, he suffers from a mental disorder and should not be approached.

Desperatus-Amator-DeTanza made headlines in 2004 when, according to newspaper Diario ABC Color, he was living in a hotel in Paraguay.

According to the Spanish-language newspaper, he went to the Canadian consulate, got into an argument with an official and shot him in the shoulder.

The victim, Alvin Fehr, survived and Desperatus-Amator-DeTanza​ was sentenced to jail in Paraguay.

The Paraguayan court recognized he had a mental illness, but it is unclear how he ended up back in B.C. at Cottonwood Lodge, which provides intensive psychosocial rehabilitation.

Anyone who sees Desperatus-Amator-DeTanza is urged not to approach him but to contact local police immediately. 

Anyone with any information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550.

With files from Meera Bains.