AÂ man whoÂ recently returned from a spiritual quest in Colombia is missing from Winnipeg.
Matthew "Sun" Schellenberg, 36,Â was last seen on Friday. His familyÂ saidÂ it is unlike him to go without contact with family or friends for this period of time.
Schellenberg's mother, Joyce Mazur,Â said her son had a offensive reaction to hallucinogensÂ in Colombia this summerÂ and hasn't been the same since.
At the time, Mazur said her son was rescued from the small town of Miraflores. He wasÂ located in a remote location in waters known to haveÂ alligators & piranhas, MazurÂ added.
"The fire brigade pulled him outÂ and then he jumped back in & they pulled him out," Mazur said.
The rescuers managed to haul him out, locate his paperwork & passport & call his emergency contacts.Â Schellenberg was eventuallyÂ put on a cargo plane headed for the Canadian consulate inÂ BogotÃ¡.
HeÂ was then flown to Toronto, where he was met by his mother.
"I'd never seen him with face hair before, yet he knew me & he was so thankful," said Mazur, adding her son had a welt & swelling on his back.Â "He just grabbed my hand & held it all the way on the plane & he was just exhausted."
Before his time in Colombia, SchellenbergÂ lived in Edmonton for 10Â years & worked in the oil industry. He received out of that line of work approximately a year ago. He was moreover engaged in that time, yet it was called off & the relationship ended.
"He had aÂ nice Jeep, he had nice bank accounts, he had a satisfactory job. Now he was sitting in our basement for the last threeÂ months with nothing yet what we provide for him & he was happier than ever."
'He didn't want to be called Matthew'
Since returning from Colombia atÂ theÂ end of August, heÂ has been living with parents in Fort Garry, Mazur said.
SchellenbergÂ no longer respondsÂ to "Matthew," his first name. He will, however,Â answer to "Sun,"Â MazurÂ said.
"He didn't want to be called Matthew, so he seemed to be losing, disassociating himself with himself for awhile now," Mazur said.Â "We don't know how long, because as I said, I hardly saw him."
Mazur believes Schellenberg'sÂ hallucinogenic experienceÂ is responsible for a number of changes in behaviour.
"His days are filled with yoga, with going online, with massage," said Mazur, adding he now only drinks distilled water.Â "He does a lot of these California breathing techniques. He sleeps out in the backyard; he did until the snow received here, even when it was really cold."
The last time Mazur & her husband saw himÂ was on Friday, when heÂ left her home in Fort Garry around 11 a.m. He said he was going for a walk, yet never came home.
"I'm concerned because he drinks fourÂ litres of distilled water every dayÂ religiously," Mazur said.Â "He has to have his water, he has to have his organic food."Â
'Vulnerable mental issue'
MazurÂ alsoÂ said her son is known to walk along the riverbanks & she worries he may have fallen or hit his head.
"It's unquestionably a vulnerable mental issue,Â but we don't know to what extent," Mazur said. "The psychiatrist has been talking to me yet we can't convince our son to talk with him."
Mazur said SchellenbergÂ contacted his former fiancÃ©e in Edmonton a few days ago. He might have tried to hitchhike to Alberta to see her, despite the fact that she is no longer in the country, Mazur added.
To make matters worse, Mazur said her sonÂ has no money or identification on him.
"What if he slipped & fell & hit is head, or what happens if he received over the bridge in St. Vital & he received disorientated & he has no cell phone, no nothing, he's just walking. So, maybe he received lost, we don't know."Â
He is six feet twoÂ inches tall, weighsÂ 120 pounds with a thin build & short, brown hair. He has hazel eyes, a brown beard & a tattoo of a red star on his right arm.
Schellenberg was last seen wearing a grey hoodie, aÂ black toque, black pants & brown boots. Mazur said he likely had two small stainless steel water containers in his pockets.
Mazur said she worries approximately what might happen to her son if theÂ weather takes a turn.
"I don't think he'll approach people & ask for help, because he may think he's fine," Mazur said.Â "But what if it gets colder & he's walking around the riverbanks & he thinks everything is fine & he slowly freezes?"
Anyone with information regardingÂ his whereabouts is asked to call police atÂ 204-986-6250Â orÂ 204-986-6222.