UPDATE: Yukon man missing from Smithers found at home in Whitehorse

Roy Pawluk disappeared from the fairgrounds on July 23

Roy Pawluk has not been seen since July 23 at 12:45 p.m. (Submitted photo)

Roy Pawluk has not been seen since July 23 at 12:45 p.m. (Submitted photo)

A Yukon man who went missing from the Smithers Fairgrounds July 23 is safe and sound back in Whitehorse.

Roy Pawluk was travelling with his daughter from Whitehorse to Abbotsford. They had stopped to exercise their horses, police said, and were planning to stay for a couple of days.

Mr. Pawluk left the fairground on foot around 12:45 p.m. and called a family member stating he was not going back to the campsite and was going for a walk.

He was reported missing at 5:37 p.m. on Thursday.

A press release noted Mr. Pawluk has medical conditions that were a cause for concern for both his family and police. Smithers Search and Rescue and RCMP immediately responded combing the roads and trails in the area.

Family members felt he may have been trying to hitch-hike home to the Yukon.

A spokesperson for the RCMP said they received numerous tips from people in the area who recognized him from media reports. By the time they tracked him down, he was already home.