More weapons charges have been laid against an Ottawa-areaman whose property has been searched by police since last week.

Gordon Bourne, 56, was charged with six more counts Tuesday in addition to the six laid Friday, said Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kristine Rae.

Police still were not saying ifthe investigation surrounding Bourne is related to the disappearance of his first wife, Diane, 31 years ago, but said they had close to 80 officers searchingthe farm and wrecking yard in Ashton, Ont., where she was last seen. Ashton is about 40 kilometres southwest of Ottawa.

On Tuesday, police escorted Bourne to the courthouse in an unmarked cruiser, separate from the police van used for other prisoners.

They asked a judge to keep Bourne in jail until the end of the month, but instead he will have a bail hearing on Friday.

His lawyer, Trevor Brown, said Bourne has the support of his family.

Bourne's current wife, Val, who had been a live-in babysitter for the Bournes' two children at the time of Diane's disappearance, attended Tuesday'shearing, which is covered by a publication ban.

Brown said Bourne wants to be reunited with his family.

"It's a very emotional experience for him. He's doing terrible. But he'll hold up," Brown said.

Meanwhile, police carsstill guarded Bourne's propertyon Tuesday afternoon. Officers, including forensic experts and a canine unit, began searching Thursday.