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Search continues for missing Whitby high school teacher

Police search for missing Whitby man Jeffrey Boucher, Jan. 13, 2014. DURHAM REGIONAL POLICE/Handout

Durham regional police are continuing their search Wednesday for a missing Whitby high school teacher who was last seen by his family on Sunday evening.

It’s believed Jeffrey Boucher, 52, woke up early on Monday to go for his routine 10-kilometre jog. He left his cellphone at home and his vehicle is also still at home.

Foul play is not suspected, Sgt. Nancy Van Rooy said at a news conference Tuesday.

“Our strongest lead … is to believe he followed through on his regular routine,” Van Rooy said.

“The family has been very co-operative.”

In an interview with 680News, Boucher’s mom, Mary Boucher, said she’s hanging on to the hope that her son may have just taken a break from his family.

“I”m just hoping that he’s somewhere. We don’t care what – if he’s in trouble we can get him out of trouble. If he needs support we’re here,” she said. “If he needs money … but money is not an object to him. Money is not important to Jeff. What’s important to Jeff is his family and keeping fit.”

She’s even sent him an email hoping he’ll reply.

His mother says there’s nothing to suggest her son was depressed or stressed out however she says he’s a very private man so even if there was something wrong he wouldn’t tell anyone.

She saw her son with his family at their ski chalet in Collingwood on the weekend and last spoke to him on the phone on Sunday night. He was busy preparing exams for his students.

She added that detectives have called her two or three times a day and allowed police to check the chalet in Collingwood but he wasn’t there.

Police say there is no indication of any triggers that would have caused Boucher to change his behaviour but say it is not outside of the relm of possibility.

“We have not yet determined where he may have gone and what has become of him,” said Van Rooy.

Police are asking Boucher, if he is out there, to contact them.

Van Rooy added that since he went missing Boucher has not left an electronic footprint.

The case is still a routine missing person investigation and there is no need yet for the public to join the search. Auxiliary police teams as well as canine and air units are assisting in the search.

There is some concern that Boucher is hurt or injured, and Whitby residents are advised to check their properties.

Police also stated that there has been no criminal investigation launched following a report that a large sum of money had been found inside Boucher’s school desk.

Van Rooy said Boucher is considered an outstanding and upstanding member of the community.

A command post has been set up near his family home on Gilchrist Court, near Brock Street and Taunton Road.

Police say Boucher, who works as a teacher at Bowmanville High School, did not arrive for work on Monday morning.

Boucher is described as white, six-feet tall, 180 pounds with grey and white short hair.

Police say they believe he was wearing dark blue or black Mountain Equipment Coop 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.