Missed west Toronto seniors family ‘extremely worried’ who loved one not seen for over 2 days

It is now more than 48 hours since 76-year-old Antonio Madeira disappeared from the western Toronto neighborhood he has been calling home for more than 40 years.

Madeira was last seen on Tuesday, July 12, sometime between 1 p.m. 10.30am and 11.00am, in the Oakwood-Vaughan area, near Winona Drive and Mulberry Crescent.

He is described as five-foot-five and 150 pounds with a thin build, a tanned complexion, hazel eyes, bald short white hair and a full white beard.

Madeira, who walks slightly lame, was last seen wearing a dark or black jacket with a large white stripe on each arm, light khaki pants, white or light shoes and a baseball cap and with her purse and keys.

Michael Madeira, the son of the missing man, said he has been past his parents’ home more often over the past two weeks to visit his father when his mother was out of town and spending time with her sister and her family.

“I usually stop by two or three times a week, but I came by more often when Mom was away,” he told CP24.

The last time Michael visited his father was yesterday around 1:30 p.m., but he was not home. He came back around 3 p.m., but his father was still out.

Michael said he and his family became “extremely worried” when their loved one had not returned by 10 p.m. Minutes later, he spoke on the phone with police.

“My dad is always home at night,” he said.

Madeira, as his son said, may have an early onset of dementia, is described by him as a slightly “old school” Portuguese man.

He is not someone who carries a cell phone. He usually pays for things in cash. He loves walking around his community with his hands behind his back and often hanging out with friends outside the Oakwood Village Library and Arts Center at 341 Oakwood Ave.

“He always goes the same route and everyone knows him in the neighborhood,” Michael said.

Madeira’s mother tongue is Portuguese, but he also speaks Spanish and Italian. He can do well in English, but he’s not super comfortable speaking it, Michael remarked.

Toronto police have set up a command post and are actively searching the area and on for Madeira.

Several family members and friends are also searching the neighborhood for the elderly.

“We just want to do anything to get (my dad) home,” Michael said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police at 416-808-1300 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.222tips.com.

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