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Freelance arts writer Gilbert Bouchard, shown here in a Radio-Canada television report from January 2009, has not been heard from since Tuesday. ((CBC))

A well-known freelance writer and theatre and arts critic in Edmonton is missing.

Gilbert Bouchard, 47, was last heard from early Tuesday morning. He was seen in the area of 113th Street and 73rd Avenue wearing a dark grey jacket, black jeans and black shoes, police said.

Bouchard, who weighs about 250 pounds, is five foot 10 inches tall and has brown hair and blue eyes.

Police are asking anyone who has any information about his disappearance to contact them.

Bouchard's friends and family are organizing a search to find him on Sunday, with details to come.

Bouchard is a regular columnist for CBC Radio's Radio Active and writes about visual arts and cultural issues for the Edmonton Journal.