Tom Newman

Tom Newman is the subject of a ground search in the Roddickton area. (RCMP)

A ground search took a grim turn on Monday as crews looked for Tom Newman, a Northern Peninsula snowmobiler who has not been seen since early Saturday.

RCMP said the search for Newman, 59, is now a recovery mission. Police have reason to believe that Newman went into open water. 

RCMP divers are en route, and are expected to be in the water on Tuesday. 

Newman went missing after midnight on Friday. He had been in the area of Beaver Cove.

An intensive air and ground search failed to find any sign of him over the weekend.

Newman had been using a white Yamaha VK snowmobile. Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact the RCMP detachment in Roddickton at 1-800-709-7267.