The family of a blind man are worried for his safety after he failed to return home from work Tuesday.

Normand Savard, 56, hasn't been seen or heard from since he left his workplace on Lisgar Street Tuesday morning. He had told co-workers he was feeling ill.

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Normand Savard, 56, hasn't been seen or heard from since Tuesday morning. (Ottawa police handout)

His family reported him missing Tuesday night after he didn't come home.

Police believe he may still be in the Ottawa-Gatineau area, and are asking for the public's help to track him down.

Cellphone tracked to Ray Friel rec centre

His cellphone was tracked to a location near the Ray Friel Recreation Complex off Tenth Line Road, an area he knew.

The last time he used the cellphone was Tuesday afternoon. It has since been shut off, so police can no longer track it.

Savard loved fishing, police said, especially around Petrie Island. Officers searched the area extensively but found nothing.

He is described as about five feet eight inches tall with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a golf shirt and jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Ottawa police missing persons unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 2355, or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS) — toll free at 1-800-222-8477.