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Durham police scaling back search for missing Whitby man

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

Durham police are scaling back their search for a missing Whitby man, saying they have no clues in the disappearance of Jeffery Boucher, 52.

“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 last Monday. However, his family last saw him the day before, on Jan. 12. Police and volunteers have been searching for him since.

“Mr. Boucher, quite simply, appears to have vanished,” Martin said.

“We have no investigative leads.”

Martin said the file would be kept open and that investigators would pursue tips for the next few weeks but the physical search would be scaled back.

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.

“There is nothing to suggest he’s run away…there is nothing to suggest what he’s done,” Martin said.

Officers had been concentrating their search on a five-kilometre radius in Whitby with additional attention being paid to Boucher’s known running routes and nearby green spaces. They are still appealing to the public for tips.

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.