Local police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 23-year-old Hope man who has been missing since Friday.

Avery Smith was reported missing around 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, by his family, who said they had not seen or heard from Smith in at least a day, according to a news release from the Knox County Sheriff’s Department.

A few hours later, around 10 p.m., Smith’s vehicle was found abandoned near Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth.

Smith is believed to be “despondent,” according to the sheriff’s department.

Smith is 6’1, 230 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He is believed to have ties to Rockland, Cape Elizabeth and Peaks Island.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public to report any information that might assist in locating Smith to 207-593-9132.