Terry Aho Found: Father Of Missing Northern Ontario Man Robert Aho Safe [Updated]
Update 3:20 p.m. ET: Celine Ethier, the mother of Melanie Ethier, a 15-year-old girl who, tragically, went missing from New Liskeard in 1996, as reported by the Missing Children Society of Canada, and is a personal friend of Terry Aho, is reporting that he has been found and is safe in her Facebook group, Let’s Work Together to Find Melanie Ethier.
Original Article: Terry Aho, the father of missing northern Ontario man, Robert Aho, who family and police have been searching for since 2009, has himself gone missing, according to the Nugget.
Terry has been featured by the media in numerous broadcast and print pieces pleading for the safe return of Robert.
Robert disappeared after leaving Martin River on foot and headed to Field, which is located about 37 kilometers southwest along Highway 64. Despite reports of sightings in Sudbury, no confirmed sign of Robert has been found since he was last seen on October 12, 2009.
“If you can hear this Rob,” Terry Aho said, speaking through tears in a 2013 Sudbury.com YouTube video, “we need you home. We just want you home buddy. It’s tough without you.”
Robert Aho is epileptic and requires medication daily to control the disease, according to Ontario’s Missing Adults. Terry and his wife, Pat, have previously expressed fears that their son may have suffered from a seizure, leaving him with amnesia and unable to properly care for himself.
“We’ve got to get him some medication,” Terry stated in 2013.
Terry and Pat Aho have organized countless searches for their son.Terry Aho was last seen by his wife at 7:30 a.m. Friday when he was reported to have driven her to work.
Pat Aho described her husband as “quiet” on Friday, but she said it did not seem out of place until he failed to pick her up at the end of the day, as she was expecting.
“I didn’t want to get the police involved, but I had no choice,” Pat Aho was quoted by the Nugget. “I want Terry to be found and to come home, I can’t do this alone.”
Terry Aho is described as weighing 180 pounds, standing six feet tall, and having blue eyes. His drives a black 2008 Ford truck with the license plate AD73331. When he was last seen, Terry was wearing a Blue Sky Search and Rescue shirt featuring Robert’s photo and blue jeans.
In addition to their relentless search for their son, Pat and Terry Aho have worked tirelessly toward bringing missing Ontarians home to their families. The couple spearheaded a petition that collected thousands of signatures, calling on the provincial government to introduce new missing persons legislation that would give police increased powers to “assist in locating a missing person where criminal activity is not considered the cause.”
Terry Aho is also credited with organizing the not-for-profit Blue Sky Search and Rescue, which provides support services to families whose members gave gone missing.In 2013, Terry Aho spoke about a sighting of Robert when a passenger on the Greyhound bus between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury reported seeing the missing man. Unfortunately, this tip, which seemed promising at the time, only lead to another dead end.
Robert Aho was 31-years-old when he disappeared, and he would now be 38-years-old. He is described as standing five feet, seven inches tall, and weighing between 150 and 160 pounds. At the time of his disappearance, Robert had a stocky build, and he was naturally bald.
The Nugget notes that Terry Aho has never been shy about expressing his frustration with the police. It is reported that when Robert was first reported missing on a Tuesday, police did not attend until 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon. During those “critical” first few days, friends and family members searched for Robert without the help of law enforcement.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Robert or Terry Aho is asked to contact the North Bay Police at 705-497-5555 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).North Bay is located 360 km north of Toronto and about 53 km south of Marten River, where Robert Aho was last seen.
[Image via Sudbury.com/YouTube]