|Insp. Nick Lisi provided the media with an update both Saturday and Sunday morning regarding ongoing police efforts to locate a missing Whitby man.|
Jeffrey BOUCHER, age 52, of Whitby, left his home for a morning jog on Monday, January 13, 2014 and has not been seen or heard from since.
The DRPS immediately launched an extensive ground search and began an investigation.
On both Saturday and Sunday, about 20 trained volunteers from OVERT assisting our Search Manager and other DRPS resources as we continue to search areas of identified interest.
Over the past six days, we have concentrated on a five-kilometre radius based on established missing person methods, with additional attention being paid to his known running routes and in nearby green spaces, where he is known to run.
Mr. BOUCHER would cover upwards of 10 to 15 kilometers on a run, in any given direction, so we have expanded in those areas where he has run in the past. Some of these search arms have reached out to 25 kilometers. This is a very large, complex and extended geographical area.
We continue to work in a systematic and organized way, covering new ground every day. We remain committed to not only complete the search, but to do a thorough one.
This search has been managed in a cost effective and efficient way. We have been using on-duty personnel from our divisions as well as officers from our specialized support units, such as the Air Support Unit. These frontline officers have received special training in conducting searches.
We have also been using the talents of our volunteer Auxiliary Unit as well as the specially-trained search volunteers from OVERT. Our costs have been kept to a minimum at this point. We have responded in a very cost efficient and effective manner.
We continue to search because there is so much more ground to cover and there are always new places to go. We are also following up on tips and ideas being brought forward by those who used to run with Mr. BOUCHER and others who have provided ideas either through direct contact with us or through social media channels.
We have not ruled out any possibilities as to what might have happened to Mr. BOUCHER and we will continue to do everything we can to locate him.
Until we are completely satisfied we have covered all of the areas he might have gone, we will continue to work our Search Plan.
We have been in touch with the family on a daily basis since the call came in on Monday morning. We are working closely with them and will continue to support them and assist them in their time of need.
On the investigative side, there is a regularly-scheduled meeting on Monday morning to take stock of where we are and evaluate the return on our efforts and what our next moves should be. The search and investigative plans are being evaluated on a daily basis.
At this point in time, we are continuing our search and we will advise you if anything substantially changes.
In terms of progress, we have been able to eliminate large geographical areas due to the work of our ground and air efforts. We have followed up on tips and have attended areas where he was known to jog. We keep monitoring to see if there is any activity from Mr. BOUCHER, but at this time, we still do not have any concrete leads.
We want to thank the media and the public for their extended coverage of this Missing Person investigation and we will advise you, proactively, if there are any major new developments in this investigation.
Jeffrey BOUCHER is described as: male, white, 6' tall, 180 lbs. with grey and white short hair. It is believed he was wearing a dark blue or black Mountain Co-op running suit. An image of Mr. BOUCHER is attached.