Nova Scotia

Search called off for missing Amherst senior

The search for a missing 81-year-old man in Cumberland County was called off on Tuesday night, said RCMP.
Police divers search for a missing 81-year-old man in Cumberland County on Tuesday. (CBC)

The search for a missing 81-year-old man in Cumberland County was called off on Tuesday night, said RCMP.

The man, whose name has not been released, was reported missing by his wife on Monday afternoon after he left his Amherst home at around 8 a.m. and did not return.

Cumberland County RCMP Const. Dal Hutchinson said officers found his vehicle west of Pugwash near a river in Port Howe.

"One of the local residents observed a splash in the water near the bridge where the vehicle was located, but we don't have any other information to support that," said Hutchinson.

"The vehicle was found here parked on the bridge on Highway 6. The keys were in the ignition, the vehicle was not running; it had been sitting there for most of the day until our members arrived on scene."

Search-and-rescue teams spent the day on Monday looking for him. They stopped for the night and went back Tuesday morning.

In addition to ground and water searchers — including local volunteers — a helicopter from the Department of Natural Resources joined the search by air. Hutchinson said Tuesday night that the exhaustive search had yielded no clues about the missing man's whereabouts.

The case has now been turned over to the RCMP as a missing persons file.

Meanwhile, two other searches in Nova Scotia are also over.

A 22-year-old man who left the Nova Scotia Hospital in Dartmouth was found just before 1 a.m. Tuesday.

A man and a woman missing in the Gaspereau area were also located.

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