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Authorities are searching for a missing Los Angeles County Fire Department captain who was last seen leaving his home in Newhall on Monday.

Wayne Stuart Habell and his truck are shown in photos released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Aug. 16, 2018.

Wayne Stuart Habell and his truck are shown in photos released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Aug. 16, 2018.

Wayne Stuart Habell, 43, is described as being 6 feet tall, 225 pounds with short brown/blond hair and green eyes, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt and plaid shorts when he left his home at 7:30 a.m.

Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Adam Clint told KTLA that Habell is also a captain with the agency. He said no one has had any contact with Habell since Monday, when he was heading to the L.A. Fitness in Stevenson Ranch. Clint said Habell works at fire station 73 in Newhall.

"His wife and family are devastated," Clint said in an email.

"We are all devastated, not just his immediate family, but his brothers and sisters here in Los Angeles County Fire Department,” Inspector Gustavo Medina told KTLA. “All we want is for him to get home safe.”

He added that officials are using their resources to search the Santa Clarita Valley in search of Habell.

The missing captain has been with the department for 13 years and is the father of three, officials said.

His vehicle is described as a black Chrysler Aspen with a California license plate of 6KMB757.

Anyone with information about Habell is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's missing persons unit, 323-890-5500.

KTLA's Eric Spillman contributed to this story.