Police are asking for the public's help to find a man who escaped from the Stan Daniels Healing Centre in downtown Edmonton over the weekend.

John Roy Bowers, 49, is serving a 40-month federal sentence for robbery.

Police say it appears Bowers slipped past security guards at approximately 1 a.m. MT Sunday.

He is described as a Caucasian with a fair complexion, blue eyes and short light brown hair. He is approximately five feet nine inches tall, and weighs about 144 pounds.

Bowers has numerous tattoos on his body and scars on his forehead and both thumbs.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567.

The Stan Daniels Healing Centre, operated by Native Counselling Services of Alberta, houses minimum security federal inmates and parolees.