RCMP say a Quebec motorcyclist who seemingly disappeared without a trace while travelling on Cape Breton's Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia Thursday has been found safe in New Brunswick.
Francois Brodeur, 55, an experienced rider, was travelling with another rider who was on a different motorcycle ahead of him on the Cabot Trail.
Following a ground and air search, RCMP determined Brodeur was in Oromocto, N.B. — nearly a seven-hour drive from where he was last seen.
Sgt. Alain LeBlanc said in a news release police want to speak to Brodeur to "confirm the events that occurred after he was reported as missing yesterday."
"In my many years of policing, I have never actually seen an incident like this," said RCMP Sgt. Alain LeBlanc, prior to Brodeur's re-appearance.
"It’s my understanding that there were two riders riding together, and that the lead rider was keeping an eye on [Brodeur], and then a few minutes later, she looked back and then the man was no longer there. Of course, we patrolled the area extensively to look for him or the bike, and so far, it’s been negative."
'In my many years of policing, I have never actually seen an incident like this.' - RCMP Sgt. Alain LeBlanc
Brodeur was last seen around 12:30 p.m. in the North Mountain area while travelling south from Pleasant Bay to Ingonish.
A Department of Natural Resources helicopter and a ground search and rescue team had been helping with the search Friday, LeBlanc said.
LeBlanc thanked search crews, the public and media for their help to find Brodeur.