Christopher Peloso, the husband of former deputy premier of Ontario George Smitherman, has been reported missing since Monday and Toronto police are concerned for his safety.

According to a news release from the Toronto Police Service, Peloso, 39, was last seen Monday at 4 p.m. in Toronto's Davenport Road and Bathurst Street area.

He is described as 5’8”, weighing about 150 pounds, with short, light-brown hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing a dark blue jacket with a hood, tan-coloured cargo shorts and blue flip-flops.

The Globe and Mail reports Peloso may suffer from a medical condition that has police concerned for his well-being.

Smitherman, who married Peloso in August, 2007, and adopted two young children with him, released a statement Tuesday afternoon.

I regret to confirm that Christopher Peloso has been missing from our home for almost 24 hours.

Michael, Kayla and myself, with the support of family and friends, are hopeful that our husband and father will be home safely soon.

The couple was engaged on Christmas Day, 2006, when Smitherman was serving as health minister in the cabinet of former Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty. According to the Toronto Star, they married at a resort north of Elliot Lake and adopted their son not long after.

"We're constantly challenging and motivating each other," Peloso told the Star. "We keep each other in balance."

Peloso, who managed retailing operations for chocolate company Lindt Canada, went on leave from work to stand by Smitherman's side during the 2011 mayoral election in Toronto, the National Post reported.

After losing to Rob Ford, Smitherman and Peloso focused on family, adopting a second child, a baby girl.

Smitherman was interested in running for the federal Liberals in the upcoming Toronto-Centre byelection, but, in a HuffPost blog in July, explained his focus was on his family.

"I won't be a candidate now. I won't be contesting a riding in the 2015 general election or any other. I will, as always, be an active Liberal volunteer and I look forward to knocking on doors in Toronto Centre whenever the by election comes," he wrote. "First things first though, Michael, Kayla, Christopher, pack your bags. We leave for Costa Rica next Wednesday. We have taken our fork in the road."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1300, Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

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  • George Smitherman (left), MPP Toronto Centre - Rosedale spends time with his soon to be husband Christopher Peloso. They will be married in Elliot Lake, the first weekend of August. Seen in Toronto, Canada on Wednesday, July 25, 2007. Ryan Carter / The Globe and Mail

  • George Smitherman (left), MPP Toronto Centre - Rosedale spends time with his soon to be husband Christopher Peloso. They will be married in Elliot Lake, the first weekend of August. Seen in Toronto, Canada on Wednesday, July 25, 2007. Ryan Carter / The Globe and Mail

  • Toronto, November 09 2009 George Smitherman (L), former Ontario deputy premier and minister of energy and infrastructure and his husband Christopher Peloso (R) leave Queen's Park after a press conference where he announced he will run next year for mayor of Toronto, a city he says is –in desperate need of strong leadership.” Photo by: Fernando Morales/the Globe and Mail

  • George Smitherman, left, and his partner Christopher Peloso, right, wave as they leave Queens's Park after Smitherman confirmed that he will resign as Ontario Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure to offically run for mayor of Toronto on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

  • George Smitherman, left, and his partner Christopher Peloso, right, leave Queens's Park after Smitherman confirmed that he will resign as Ontario Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure to offically run for mayor of Toronto on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

  • George Smitherman, left, kisses his husband Christopher Peloso following his concession speech during his post-election party in downtown Toronto Monday, October 25, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

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