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UPDATE - RCMP suspend search for missing South Rawdon man

The Halifax District RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Martin McLearn, an 89-year-old South Rawdon man.
The Halifax District RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Martin McLearn, an 89-year-old South Rawdon man.

SOUTH RAWDON, N.S. – RCMP have suspended a search for a missing South Rawdon man as of midnight on Aug. 17.

Martin McLearn, an 89-year-old man, was reported missing on Aug. 14.

East Hants District RCMP received a complaint McLearn was last seen at home around noon on August 13, 2017.

In a press release RCMP said 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.

Cpl. Dal Hutchinson, a media relations officer with the RCMP, said police consulted with the family before halting the search.

“It’s not an easy decision to make,” Hutchinson said.

Hutchinson said the East Hants District RCMP is still interested in obtaining any information about the case and would resume the search if any new information came out.

"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." Sgt. Dwayne Kelly, Enfield District RCMP, said in a press release. "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.

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.

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