The search for James Bell has ended on a tragic note.
The Nova Scotia RCMP issued a press release early Jan. 23 to confirm that the body of the 62-year-old Morristown man was located off of Aylesford Road, near the Dodge and Durling Road areas, shortly after 2 p.m. Jan. 21.
Members of the Kings District RCMP and Valley Search and Rescue made the discovery.
“Foul play is not suspected,” the RCMP release signed by Cpl. Dal Hutchinson reads. “However the investigation is continuing. The Nova Scotia Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine cause of death.”
Bell was reported missing from his home on Prospect Road Jan. 4.
“The RCMP would like to extend our appreciation to all of the support agencies and volunteers who worked during this search. The RCMP would also like to thank the public for their assistance and shares and retweets on social media,” said Hutchinson.
Kings District RCMP is still looking for 62-year-old James Bell from Morristown.
Bell left his residence on Prospect Road Jan. 4 at noon and got a drive to Berwick. He was seen there walking on Orchard St. at 2:30 p.m.
He was last seen wearing a red knit toque, blue jeans, a blue spring jacket and short duckie-style rubber boots.
Bell may have been carrying a blue Maritime Travel coffee mug, “Studio” cigarettes, boxed pies and shopping bags.
The Valley Ground Search and Rescue team, supported by GSAR teams from Annapolis Valley and West Hants and RCMP Police Dog Services, have been involved in the search for Bell, which is ongoing.
The RCMP and his family and friends continue to be concerned for his safety and encourage anyone who has information about his whereabouts to contact Kings District RCMP at 902-679-5555.
Police are also asking the public to check their properties, garages, barns and outbuildings for the items listed above.
Should callers wish to remain anonymous, they can call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP202 + your message to CRIMES (274637) or by secure online tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.