Police have concluded their search for James Cuthbert, a 71-year-old man who left his Nova Scotia home on Oct. 26 and didn’t return.
Investigators believe Cuthbert went overboard while he was on a ferry from North Sydney, N.S., to Port aux Basques, N.L., on Oct. 26-27, Halifax Regional Police said Saturday.
“We know he was on the ship and we believe and are reasonably certain he did not get off the ship,” said Staff Sgt. Reid McCoombs. “The investigation led us to believe he went overboard while on the ferry.”
Foul play is not suspected in the case, police said.
Cuthbert’s body has not been found.
“For reasons we will likely never receive the answers to, Jim ended his own life while making the ferry crossing from North Sydney to Port Aux Basque during the overnight of October 26/27,” Tom Martin, Cuthbert’s son-in law said in a Facebook posting Saturday night.
“Something broke in Jim that day and we have no idea of what or why. What we do know is we were blessed to have him in our lives,” Martin said on the site set up shortly after his father-in-law went missing.
“A sign of greatness in a person is when they leave a very strong and wide swath of loss when they are gone. Jim Cuthbert was a great man, a kind man and a very caring man.”
In his post, Martin thanked the many people who helped with the search and supported the family.