PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. -- The Prince Rupert RCMP says a coordinated search for a missing 21-year-old man from Prince Rupert is taking place this weekend.

A news release says the B.C. Search and Rescue Association will be sending a large number of trained volunteers from around the north to look for Michael Kitchener, who was last seen running along Highway 16 near the SPCA turnoff at 6:30 p.m. on October 22nd.

Police are asking the public not to interfere with the search by avoiding all recreational trails around Prince Rupert on Saturday and Sunday, including Butze Rapids and Tall Trees.

A Facebook post by the City of Prince Rupert says Butze Rapids Trail and Tall Trees Trail will be closed from 4:30 p.m. today to Monday, November 1st at 4:30 p.m.

Police also add that organized community searches are discouraged, as they may hinder the work of the Search and Rescue Association and put other community members at risk.  

Kitchener is descirbed as a 21-year-old caucasian male with blond hair and hazel eyes. He is 5'10" tall and weighs 178 lbs. He was last seen shirtless wearing grey sweatpants and black shoes.

Anyone who may have seen Kitchener or have any information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Prince Rupert RCMP or Crime Stoppers.