Bizarre twists in search for missing jogger

Search and rescue teams scour an area near Whitby, Ont., for missing 52-year-old teacher Jeffrey...

Search and rescue teams scour an area near Whitby, Ont., for missing 52-year-old teacher Jeffrey Boucher, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

Chris Doucette, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:04 AM ET

WHITBY, Ont. -- The desperate search for a missing jogger took some bizarre twists and turns Wednesday.

Jeffrey Boucher's family revealed they had been worried about him Sunday night, just hours before he vanished, when he went out for a run and was gone much longer than usual.

Then later Wednesday a report surfaced suggesting the 52-year-old was under investigation because a large sum of cash was found last week in his desk at the high school where he teaches in Bowmanville, Ont., east of Toronto.

But Durham Regional Police were quick to dispel the accusation.

"Those are rumours," Sgt. Nancy van Rooy said Wednesday. "There's no theft incident that we are aware of or that we are investigating.

"He is an upstanding citizen within his community and his (school) board, and he's a loving husband and father. He's a wonderful man who has gone missing and a lot of people are very worried."

Boucher was reported missing when his family couldn't find him Monday morning.

Although no one actually saw him leave his home, he typically heads out every morning around 6 a.m. for an hour-long run.

Van Rooy said Boucher's car, cellphone and wallet were all left at home.

Police have speculated maybe he had an accident or was injured while jogging. They have been scouring the area, chasing down leads and pouring over surveillance video footage but have yet to find any hint of his whereabouts.

"We are still hoping he will be found safe and returned to his family," van Rooy said.


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