Sterling Heights man with depression, epilepsy missing after fire

Sterling Heights police say James Comeau  went missing after a fire near 18 mile and Ryan roads.

Investigators and his family are worried because they say he's suicidal with epilepsy. He is white, 6 feet, 5 inches and weighs 185 pounds. His only transportation is a black mountain bike.

"We've got to look everywhere," said Beverly Taylor, the missing man's aunt. "In your backyard, abandoned cars anywhere you can think of. We don't know what his mindset is or what happened.

"Please somebody help us."

Comeau's family gathered at a park bench in Sterling Heights planning the next step in their search for Comeau, 38.

"We looked for him all day yesterday," said Lorrie Comeau, his mother. "And all night, we did a search party here at 4 yesterday afternoon."

Comeau was last seen at his trailer on June 30. Police say he was about to be evicted out of his now-burned out shell of a home.

The fire started sometime that morning. Comeau and his roommate were no where to be found. His mother eventually tracked down the roommate.

"He just said James snapped,  he was weird," Lorrie said. "Something was wrong (he) couldn't figure it out. (James) took off."

He also left a cryptic message with a loved one, telling them quote 'this is the end' but wouldn't explain.

Whatever clues the family could have possibly used to find him, likely burned up. Nearby his cell phone was found. His family is monitoring it and his bank records but so far nothing.

Neighbors say Comeau's dog was seen running circles around the burning house.

"He went by himself," said Beverly. "He loved his animals. That's why I don't understand how he left the dog behind in the trailer, something is not right.  We need James brought back, somebody knows."

Because of his depression and epilepsy, police consider Comeau an endangered missing person. 

His mother pledges to continue looking for him everyday until he is found.

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