Nova Scotia

Search for cyclist resumes at Crystal Crescent

A search for a missing man in the Halifax area resumed Tuesday morning.


  • Police name missing man
  • Peter White, 46, is an experienced outdoorsman
Peter White, 46, was reported missing by his family on Monday. ((Halifax Regional Police))
The search for a missing man in the Halifax area resumed Tuesday morning.

Peter White, 46, went for a bike ride around Crystal Crescent Beach in Sambro Sunday and did not return.

His family reported him missing at about 1 a.m. Monday, sparking a search-and-rescue effort. The search stopped at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday as heavy fog hampered rescuers. Volunteers and rescuers resumed scouring the beach, shore line and trails at first light.

White is an avid, experienced outdoorsman who regularly takes long hikes and bike rides, police said. The man's family found his bike in the beach's parking lot Monday, but there is no sign of him.

Const. Brian Palmeter said the fog was making the search difficult, but that police were hopeful of locating White either visually or through technology.  

"The terrain is a big challenge. They are hoping to work with cellphone pinging, however the terrain out here makes that difficult if the person is in a low-lying area," Palmeter said Tuesday morning. "Our concern is that he may be injured and our hope is that we're able to locate him safely."

Police and others have been searching for the missing man since early Monday. ((CBC))
The CBC's Phonse Jessome is on the scene and reports that the search coordinator is talking to the Coast Guard to see if a boat can be sent to the area to expand the search.

On Monday, a Department of Natural Resources helicopter and a police dog took part in the search, along with members of the Halifax ground search and rescue team. Palmeter said the helicopter would not be back Tuesday unless the weather improved.

White is described as a white man, six feet tall, weighing 220 pounds with salt-and-pepper hair. He speaks with a heavy English accent and was last seen wearing a blue K-way jacket.

Police said they have no reason to suspect foul play.