(Dec 24, 2009)

The family of a Hamilton man missing in the Dominican Republic has opened a bank account to help with search and reward costs.

D'Arcy Wright, 46, went missing earlier this month after leaving his office early to enjoy some social outings.

Wright, a property manager, recently moved from Hamilton to Sosua in the Puerto Plata area of the Dominican Republic.

His sister Trish Suzuki said yesterday friends and extended family had wanted a place to donate to help with the efforts.

Although an RCMP officer is now in the country to help with the investigation, Suzuki said the family is not being told anything.

Reward posters are now circulating in Sosua and Suzuki said her brother Todd is also there. But so far, Wright has not been found.

Suzuki said there are costs incurred as members of the community and her brother search for Wright, such as meals, long distance charges and gas.

"These are all large expenses that people are incurring on our behalf and we feel it only appropriate to see that they're reimbursed for their costs," she said.

Suzuki said police have questioned a suspect who was in custody, but she has no idea how it turned out. A trace has now been done on Wright's cellphone, which may help shed light on two calls made from his phone after he disappeared.

Those wishing to donate can do so at any Canadian or U.S. TD Canada Trust bank. The account is in the name of Patricia (Trish) Suzuki and the number is 2492-6338250.