The disappearance of a 25-year-old man whose car was discovered burned in a rural area is now considered "suspicious," RCMP say.
Roberto Joseph Vicente dropped out of sight Oct. 10 around 3 a.m. CST after stopping at a gas station in Davidson, Sask. Vicente is from nearby Bladworth. A missing person report was filed with the RCMP two days later.
On that same day, Oct. 12, police said investigators located a vehicle which had been destroyed in a fire. The car was found in an abandoned farmer's field, about 29 kilometres west of Davidson.
Police said Saturday they have confirmed the burned vehicle was Vicente's Chevrolet Cobalt, noting that Vicente is still missing.
They said several abandoned structures, near the car, were also destroyed by fire.
Friends of the man say they are worried about Vicente.
"I'm really concerned," Brandi Olson told CBC News on Friday. "That is not like him at all, to just not let anyone know where he is."
"He's just an amazing guy," Bailey Newman, another friend, added. "He's the nicest guy you could ever meet. He would never hurt a fly. I just don't understand how this is all happening. It still doesn't seem real to me."
Police repeated Saturday their call for assistance in the case. RCMP said any sighting of Vicente should be reported to them.
"Police are requesting residents in the Davidson-Craik area to thoroughly check their property, including structures, brush and any other areas for signs of Roberto Vicente," RCMP said in a media release. "Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, should be reported to police."
Vicente is six feet tall, weighs 190 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.
"The circumstances of both Roberto's disappearance and the discovery of his burned-out vehicle have led investigators to conclude that this incident is suspicious in nature," police noted. "It is very likely that there are individuals that have important information regarding Roberto's disappearance and have not yet come forward."
People can contact the Craik detachment of the RCMP at 306-734-5200. Anonymous tips may be left at the Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers number, 1-800-222-8477.
Craik, Davidson and Bladworth are all communities along Highway 11 about midway between Regina and Saskatoon.
Police said residents of the area, including family members of Vicente, were actively searching for the man.
RCMP investigators and officers from several detachments were also on the case.