The Nova Scotia Health Authority is asking for the public’s help in locating a patient who disappeared from a Halifax-area hospital on the weekend.

A spokesperson for the health authority says 42-year-old Mark Jason Murray was last seen Saturday. He is a patient at a hospital in Dartmouth, although the health authority won’t say which one or how he got out of care.

Court records show a man with the same name and age has had convictions in the past for committing an indecent act.

Health officials say the risk to Murray’s well-being increases the longer he is away from treatment.

"The longer this patient is away from treatment, the more there is concern for him, so that's why we are asking for the public's help,” says NSHA media advisor Kristen Lipscombe.

Murray is described as a Caucasian man who is about five-foot-ten inches tall and weighs 171 pounds. He has short light brown-grey hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing blue shorts, a blue shirt, a maroon jacket, and white sneakers.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police.