Missing Person: James Cuthbert

I don’t know the guy and haven’t seen him around.  This must be horrible for them.  I can’t imagine what they’re going through.

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Source: Tom Martin

11 Days……

A minor miracle in its own right is the fact that the situation my wife and family are faced with right now has remained in the forefront of so many peoples minds. Friends, family, co-workers, acquaintances and complete strangers alike have expressed nothing but kindness, caring and prayers for our missing loved one. Being a retired police officer of 30 years with many years spent in homicide, I find from time to time I can become jaded when it comes to how we as people can sometimes treat each other; in looking back over the last 11 days, I realize that it is in our darkest hours when true human kindness and compassion shines through.
What we as a family have been through I cannot begin to describe; despair, fear, panic, uncertainty, hope, devastation, confusion, words cannot capture the pain that occurs every single day. That roller coaster of emotion that starts from the moment you wake up until the late next-morning hours when you pass out from sheer exhaustion.

Never in my wildest imagination could I envision what a family goes through when someone they love simply disappears. I have learned that when a loved one is lost and there are no answers and no reasons, their family is lost as well.

On Sunday October 26, Jim Cuthbert and his wife Marg were working on their property in Head of Jeddore. They were cutting branches and removing small trees from their property. Since there was a light mist and no wind they decided it would be a great day to burn some unwanted brush so they proceeded to do so.
Around 11:00am Jim announced that he was going inside to get ready to go visit his 102 year old mother which he did every 2nd day between 1:00pm and 3:00pm for the last 9 years, with the exceptions of times when he and Marg were away on vacations. It was decided that Jim would make this visit on his own, allowing Marg to continue with the burning. Before leaving Jim said he would pick up a tarp that they needed for their small boat stored on the property, on the way home he would stop and pick up 2 Halloween Cards for their 2 grandchildren, and he would be back in time to pick up Marg so they could go and watch their grandchildren skating at the Musquodoboit Harbour Rink for 3:00pm.

That was 11 days ago.

The tarp did not get picked up. Grandma did not get visited, the grandchildren did not see their grandparents at the rink, and the grandchildren didn’t get their Halloween cards. Jim did not return home that day and he hasn’t returned home since.

Shortly after Jim left his home he stopped at the Esso located on the Cole Harbour Road. He is seen on video pumping gas in his vehicle at 12:10pm. At 12:30 Jim is observed on video inside Canadian Tire Dartmouth Crossing. He uses a phone inside the store to advise Marg he is going to be a bit late coming home, but does not buy a tarp. Between 1:00pm and 1:30pm a witness believes he saw Jim standing in front of Home Depot in Dartmouth Crossing.

The early hours of Sunday afternoon is the last time Jim is seen or heard from.

Officially, Jim Cuthbert is a missing person – to us he is much more than that. He is a part of our everyday life that has been gone for the last 11 days, we don’t know where, and we don’t know why. All we know is that we don’t know.

To all of you that have helped us search; that have rallied around the family, that have offered your prayers and support – we can’t thank you enough. Your kindness is overwhelming. Please don’t stop because you have no idea how much your kindness means to us.

To the Investigators, especially Sgt Andrew Mathews and Superintendent Jim Perrin, thank you for enduring our endless questions and your never ending hours of commitment.

Please never stop looking for Jim and his vehicle, which vehicle is out there somewhere, we just haven’t found it yet and we can’t do it without your help.

We are thankful for all the love and support and we are terrified all at the same time. Thank you all so much and to the families of other missing persons, please know you are all in our prayers. No family should ever endure this kind of pain.

Please never stop looking for Jim and his vehicle. He is out there and his car is out there – with your help, we can find him.

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I hope they find him.  It’s no fun looking for a missing person.

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