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Dave Hooper, search manager for Cape Breton Search and Rescue takes a long look at the ocean near Mira Gut beach May 3.
The search for a missing 82-year-old man in Mira Gut has been suspended but police are continuing their investigation into his disappearance.
"At this point the search is suspended, simply because they've exhausted basically everything on ground, in water and in the air, with no evidence coming back to the vehicle or the missing individual," said Desiree Vassallo, spokesperson with the Cape Breton Regional Police. "It's been an ongoing investigation for several days so if anything new comes forward that would lead us in a different direction, to reactivate the search, then we would do that."
Vassallo said major crime investigators are following up on some information in the case today, but could not give any detail as to what they're pursuing.
"At this point, I can't get into the specifics of that," she said.
An extensive three-day search of the Mira Gut area, which began Friday and concluded Sunday evening, failed to turn up any clues as to the whereabouts of the missing man.
He was reported missing last Thursday after leaving his home earlier in the day, driving a 2003 Pontiac, and not returning. That vehicle was located late Friday morning on land in the Bob's Lane area of Mira Gut, after police were notified an abandoned vehicle had been parked in the area since Thursday.
The missing man's home community, name and photo have not been released by police, in accordance with the wishes of his family. Police have stated that, so far, keeping that information private has not affected the search or investigation.
The regional police assisted members of the Cape Breton Search and Rescue in their search of Mira Gut, three local fire departments and the Canadian Coast Guard searched the water by boat over the weekend, and a Department of Natural Resources helicopter also arrived Saturday afternoon to cover the search from the sky.
Police also went door to door in the area Sunday, asking area residents to check their properties and around any barns or sheds.