A new search is expected to start this week for missing teacher Jeffrey Boucher who has been missing for three months.

Durham regional police believe a shoe found last week along the Whitby shoreline belongs to Boucher.

Boucher, 52, was reported missing by his family on Jan. 13 after the high school teacher didn’t return home from a morning run.

Police say a woman contacted them on Tuesday after finding the shoe in Heydenshore Pavilion, which is a few kilometres south of Boucher’s home.

“Officers have investigated and they currently do believe that the shoe belongs to Jeffrey Boucher,” police spokeswomen Jodi Maclean said.

Boucher’s wife Kirsten, who was shown a picture of the shoe by police, said, “It was definitely a type of running shoe he wears and definitely a type of running shoe he loved to wear. He has 15 pairs of running shoes lying around here.”

An aerial search of the area where the footwear was found was being conducted late Friday afternoon, and officers are preparing for a larger scale ground search next week.

Boucher is a teacher at Bowmanville High School and is married with two daughters.