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Jonathan Chigier, missing Bedford teacher, found dead

Jonathan Chigier, a Bedford man who was reported missing on Dec. 19, has been found dead.

Police say foul play is not suspected in Chigier's death

Jonathan Chigier is survived by his wife and three children. (Bruce Fisher)

A Bedford man who was reported missing on Dec. 19 has been found dead, police have confirmed.

Jonathan Chigier, 48, left his home on Dec. 18 to visit friends. Halifax Regional Police say his remains were found yesterday inside his car on a back road in Mount Uniacke.

Police say a woman out for a walk came upon a snow-covered vehicle and contacted East Hants District RCMP.

Foul play is not suspected.

It is not known how long the vehicle had been at the location, said Const. Dianne Woodworth.

The investigation into the case is mostly concluded, she added.

Chigier is survived by his wife and three children. He was the resources teacher at Oldfield Consolidated School in Enfield. 

The family issued this statement on a Facebook page called "Help find Jonathan Chigier."

"Although we are very private people, we do feel an overwhelming need to speak out to take notice and thank with all our hearts those of you who came forward and assisted in the search for Jonathan," it reads, in part.

Police said, "Our thoughts are with Jonathan's family and friends at this difficult time, and they respectfully request their privacy. Investigators extend their thanks to the media and the public for their assistance with this matter."

Full statement from the Chigier family

It is with very heavy hearts that we, the family of Jonathan Chigier, announce the passing of our beloved father, husband, brother and son. We were made aware of his vehicle being discovered and sadly his death last evening, December 30, 2015. There is no greater pain than the loss of someone we love, but it is through this pain, grief and prayer that we deal with our devastating loss. Although we are very private people, we do feel an overwhelming need to speak out to take notice and thank with all our hearts those of you who came forward and assisted in the search for Jonathan.  So many of you came forward and helped in so many ways, friends we know, and friends we have never met. The outpouring of caring and the unbridled need for people to help us through the many days of not knowing by searching, driving, and offering words of hope, encouragement and prayer has carried us as a family through these grim and incomprehensible times.

Our family will never be able to properly thank each and every one of you, but we can tell you that your acts of kindness and compassion have made a tremendous difference. We thank you with all our hearts.

The Chigier family

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