A search is underway for a missing man near Taloyoak, Nunavut.

Bob Lyall said Pootoogoo Jayco has been homeless for many years, and Lyall said he has been letting him stay at his cabin about five miles outside of the community.

Lyall said Jayco was missing when he went to check on him on Saturday. That's when the search began.

"They found his Bravo snowmobile out of fuel and searchers are tracking his footprints heading in the wrong direction," Lyall said in Inuktitut. "Due to a recent blizzard, sometimes his footprints disappear."

Lyall asked for everyone to pray for the missing man and his safe return.