As she fought back tears, an Airdrie mother pleaded for her missing son to come back home after he disappeared more than a week ago after he had gone on a solo camping trip.

Jordan Darda, 20, was last heard from by friends on Sept. 5 when he sent a text message, but the man hasn’t been seen since he said he was camping in Jasper National Park alone.

His visibly distraught mother Darlene spoke briefly at a news conference in Airdrie yesterday and begged for her son to come home.

“Jordan if you hear this, please come home. We love you and we miss you,” she said through tears.

“Your grandpa is in the hospital and he’d really like to see you.”

Airdrie RCMP Const. Robert Frizzell said Darda is an experienced camper but has never gone alone before.

“Normally he goes with friends (and) he does have some experience in that area.

“We have some indication to believe it was near a lake,” Frizzell said.

Police believe Darda may be near his 2000 Ford Ranger truck, with grey cloth seats that is missing the trim on the front bumper and has a “Dakine” white sticker in the back window.