East Hants District RCMP would like to advise that the search for 89-year-old Martin McLearn was suspended late last evening.
East Hants District RCMP received a complaint that Martin McLearn was last seen at home around noon on Sunday, August 13, 2017. Over the last four days, Ground Search & Rescue (GSAR) volunteers from Nova Scotia, along with the community volunteers, searched the heavily wooded area using specialized techniques, methodologies and experience gained from previous searches. The Department of Natural Resources helicopter, all-terrain vehicles and RCMP Police Dog Services were also used as part of the search, with assistance from local Conservation Officers.
After exhausting all efforts, Ground Search & Rescue volunteers officially concluded their search efforts at midnight. Any new information however could result in GSAR reinitiating a search.
"The decision to end any search is extremely difficult and we'd like to extend heartfelt sympathy towards the McLearn family, and a sincere thanks to all the volunteers who came out to assist us in this search." Says Sgt. Dwayne Kelly, Enfield District RCMP. "The dedication, support and determination put in by all the searchers was overwhelming and commendable. We'd also like to thank the family and friends of Mr. McLearn for their support and contribution of food and water to the search teams."
East Hants District RCMP is asking the public to contact them if you have any information to assist with this investigation. Mr. McLearn is described as a 5-foot-6 white male weighing approximately 150 to 160 pounds with white hair and blue eyes, wearing glasses, rubber boots, dark workpants and possibly a tan overcoat and cap. McLearn is hard of hearing, may walk with a slight limp and was not operating a vehicle.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr. McLearn is asked to call the nearest police department or the East Hants District RCMP at 902-883-7077. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or by secure online tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.