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The sister of a missing Westman man is worried for her brother’s safety and believes he might be on the lam.
Carl Champion, 41, from Brookdale, was last seen and in contact with his family the week of July 27, according to police.
Cheryl Champion said her brother has a history of substance abuse and is currently facing criminal charges, but she loves him and wants to know he is OK.
"He’s probably running, hiding," she said.
It’s unlike her brother, who has four children, not to contact his family to let them know he’s safe.
She issued a plea for her brother, the oldest of seven siblings.
"Come home. Just come home."
Champion said Carl last texted friends July 30.
On Aug. 1, he was spotted at a fair in Regina, she said, where he had started a new job a week earlier.
Prior to leaving for the job, Carl purchased a car in Brandon.
On Aug. 3, that vehicle was found abandoned about 100 kilometres north of Swan River.
Champion isn’t sure if her brother sold the car to someone during his travels or if it was stolen.
In a release from the RCMP, Carl is described as a Caucasian man, with a slender build of about five-foot-eight and 160 pounds.
He has long brown hair and green eyes, and walks with a limp.
He wears a brace on his left leg and may have been wearing either grey sweatpants or jeans with white running shoes and a black jacket that appears to be fake leather.
Champion said she believes his shoes to be tan-grey from Athletics Works, after spending time at his home in Brookdale on Thursday searching for clues that might lead to his whereabouts.
She said the family is doing their best to hold it together, but everyone is stressed out by the uncertainty.
"We’re not doing well," Champion said, adding that Carl’s parents are taking it the hardest.
It’s also impossible not to imagine the worst, although she tries not to.
"He’s a happy, lovable guy," Champion said. "We’re scared that it could be worse and he could have very easily met up with the wrong crowd."
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