The Toronto Police marine unit have postponed their search for a missing Whitby man because of the extreme winter weather.
Earlier Friday, Const. Wendy Drummond told CityNews that the search began around 6 a.m., after officers responded to a request from Durham police to search the waters off Whitby for Jeffrey Boucher, 52. But it was called off around mid-morning.
“Due to high winds and unsafe ground conditions, DRP and @TorontoPolice Marine Unit, have discontinued their search until next week,” Durham police tweeted.
Durham police Sgt. Nancy Van Rooy told 680News there are no new developments or “significant leads” in the case, but that Toronto Police have special underwater search equipment that could help with the search.
Van Rooy said this is not the first time police divers have searched the waters for Boucher. However, this time around, they are using a more specialized piece of equipment from Toronto Police.
“Some of our investigators, along with Toronto Police marine unit officers are using this piece of equipment down at the Whitby Pier, which is just off of Water Street at waterfront location of Whitby,” Van Rooy said.
She said that while there are no new leads that warranted them asking for this special equipment, “we are looking to extremely thorough and more detailed with our waterfront search.”
Earlier this week, Durham police said they were scaling back their search for Boucher.
“We have located no physical evidence whatsoever,” Staff Sgt. Steve Jones said at a news conference on Tuesday.
“We are truly stumped,” Det. Sgt. Mitch Martin added.
Boucher is believed to have gone missing after heading out for a morning run on Jan. 13. However, his family last saw him the day before, on Jan. 12. Police and volunteers have been searching for him since.
There is nothing in Boucher’s background that is unusual, Martin said. Boucher is a teacher at Bowmanville High School and is married with two daughters. Police said Tuesday they simply don’t know whether he is missing, has run away or is deceased.
Boucher is white, six-feet tall and 180 pounds with grey-and-white short hair.
Police say they believe he was wearing dark blue or black Mountain Equipment Co-op gear and running shoes.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding his whereabouts or who may have had contact with him recently to call them at (888) 579-1520.