WATERFORD — Maj. James Urquhart of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office said the case involving a missing Waterford man has been handed off to the Major Crime Unit of the state police.

Ricky Howard, 49, of 440 Norway Road was reported missing by his family eight weeks ago and was last seen at AJ’s Everything Store in Stoneham near noon on Oct. 5.

His black 2008 Toyota RAV4 was discovered in Waterford on Oct. 7.

“We’re passing the case off to major crimes not because there’s anything suspicious about it, but because it’s protocol,” Urquhart said. “Right now, due to the weather and all the snow on the ground, we can’t do searches, but as soon as the weather permits, we’ll be back out there.”

Howard’s wife, Colleen, posted on her Facebook page that Howard was last seen “wearing a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt, a dark grey T-shirt with a logo, black sweatpants and black work boots.”

Any tips can be sent to her through Facebook, the Sheriff’s Office at 743-9554, or the Maine Warden Service in Augusta at 207-287-8000.

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