Fouad Nayel was last seen a week ago as he headed out the door for Petawawa.
Now his family, frustrated with police, is handling the quest themselves.
“We’ve been searching everyday for him,” said his mother, Nicole Nayel, in tears.
“I know he was coming back.”
The 28-year-old Barrhaven man left for Petawawa on June 17, telling his cousin Adam he’d return in a few hours.
The family had plans for Father’s Day dinner: Chinese food, their annual tradition.
But he vanished.
“It’s a nightmare. I don’t know when it’s going to end,” Nayel said.
“I haven’t slept, I haven’t ate, I haven’t done anything. I’m just a walking body.”
The distraught mother was critical of how police are handling the case. Nayel is known to police. A family friend, though, is a local cop.
“He’s been the biggest help,” she said.
The family is so rattled, they’re all taking time off work, she said.
“Nobody can focus. Nobody can do anything.”
Except search tirelessly.
At least 15 friends and family members hit the road again Sunday morning.
Given they haven’t a clue who Fouad went to visit — or where — the hunt has been draining.
The mother of three last saw her son, who works in construction and lives with his parents, on June 15.
Her voice changes as she describes him.
“He’s a lot of fun. He’s well loved by everybody.”
The day he disappeared, she had gone to mass at St. Patrick’s Basilica with her mother.
“That’s why I didn’t see him that day,” Nayel said.
Since then, she hasn’t slept a wink.
“Are you kidding me? You always think the worst,” she said.
Fouad and his mother have a joint bank account.
His debit card hasn’t been touched, Nayel said.
The family has resorted to consulting psychics to find him.
“That’s how desperate we are,” she said.
Fouad was driving a black 2002 four door Nissan Altima with Ontario plates ATTA 634.
The car hasn’t been found, she said.
Fouad is Middle Eastern, standing 6-feet-tall, weighing 180 pounds with a thin build.
He has brown eyes, short black hair and is partially bald, with no facial hair and poor teeth.
Anyone with information can contact the Ottawa police missing persons section at 613-236-1222, ext. 7300 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477.