Search underway for missing Sydney woman after police find burned vehicle
A search for a missing woman is underway in Sydney after her burned vehicle was found in a wooded area off Cossitt Heights Drive.
Cape Breton Regional Police say 59-year-old Debbie Ann Hutchinson was last seen on April 14. She was reported missing Monday by her family, who told police they haven’t been able to contact her.
"Since the time of the report police conducted normal investigative procedures for a missing person, exhausting all options to this point of any video surveillance, bank records, phone records and those sorts of things," says Desiree Vassallo of the Cape Breton Regional Police.
Investigators found her burned vehicle Tuesday in Cossitt Heights.
Police and members of Cape Breton Ground Search and Rescue are searching the area where her car was found.
"The possibility of finding anybody is 50/50. It's like anywhere else we search. We can either find them or prove they are not in this area," says Vassallo.
Hutchinson is described as five feet tall and roughly 95 pounds, with brown eyes and greying hair.
Investigators say there is nothing specific to indicate foul play at this time, but they are trying to determine events leading up to the vehicle fire.
"We are trying to determine a timeline and are looking for any information anyone can provide to us to help us figure out what happened," says Vassallo.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact police.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Kyle Moore.