Halifax Police call of search at Crystal Crescent Beach for missing man

Haley Ryan
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METRO HALIFAX

The ground search for a missing man has been called off after dozens of people scoured Crystal Crescent Beach without finding any sign of the man.

Halifax Regional Police Sgt. Christina Martin said the ground search for Walter Brannen, 62, was called off around 10 p.m. Thursday.

Martin said Coast Guard ships and helicopters would continue to check the area periodically over the next couple of days.

Brannen was last heard from at 11 a.m. Wednesday when he called a family member. His vehicle was found a couple of hours later at Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park in Sambro, but there were no sightings of the man himself.

Halifax Regional Police Const. Bourdages said 150 search and rescue workers looked for Brannen overnight and new crews were brought in from organizations across Nova Scotia Thursday morning.

The Halifax-area park was closed to the public all day as the searchers, helped by two helicopters and a Coast Guard ship, laboured to cover the “vast area.”

“It’s a big area to cover … it’s coastal as well,” Bourdages said.

Bourdages said police “really don’t know” what happened to Brannen, but do not believe he met with foul play. There is concern for his well-being.

Police will now treat the file as a missing persons case.

Brannen is described as a Caucasian man, five-foot-eight, 175 pounds with short grey hair and beard. He was last seen wearing glasses, a beige leather bomber-style jacket, a button-up shirt, blue jeans, black leather dress shoes and a black rimless baseball hat.

Anyone who has seen Brannen since Wednesday morning or has information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police at 490-5020.

Organizations: Coast Guard, Halifax Regional Police Const. Bourdages

Geographic location: Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park, Sambro, Nova Scotia Halifax

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