Romeo Cloutier has been missing for 12 days and the mother of his children is pleading for his safe return.

The 23-year-old Moncton man disappeared Sept. 13 and hasn’t been seen nor heard from since.

“It has been very stressful,” says Julia Meunier, who has a 10-month-old daughter with Cloutier and twin boys on the way. “Not knowing where he is, what happened, if something has happened, if he is safe.”

Meunier says she separated from Cloutier in April as he fell into a depression, which included drug use. She also says Cloutier has had brushes with the law in the past.

She spoke with Cloutier the morning he disappeared and says he sounded desperate.

Police say two extensive searches have failed to find the missing man.

“Last weekend on the twenty-second, the ground and search team was also in that same area conducting an extensive search of the region again,” confirms Const. Damien Theriault. “Unfortunately we did not come up with any clues as to his whereabouts.”

Cloutier’s mother has a message for her son from Calgary.

“Oh, I just want to find him safe and sound,” Joanne Landry told CTV News via phone Tuesday afternoon. “I want him to come back home to his babies.”

Meunier says that despite the struggles Cloutier has faced recently, she wants him to get back in touch with his family, on his terms.

“I would like him to know that we love him very much,” she says. “His daughter would like to see him. His twin boys would love to have him home for when they are born, and his family misses him and loves him. We would all like to have him home.”

Anyone with information on Cloutier’s whereabouts is being asked to contact police.

With files from CTV Atlantic's David Bell