Ground search called off

BALLANTYNE’S COVE: An ongoing investigation continues in the search for Patrick MacDonald.

On January 24, Ground Search and Rescue, along with a Department of Natural Resources helicopter and Joint Rescue Coordination Centre helicopter, conducted an extensive search of the shoreline and surrounding areas around Ballantyne’s Cove.

As of January 25, the ground search was discontinued and can be reactivated if new information becomes available to police. An RCMP Underwater Recovery Team conducted a search of the water along the shoreline last Thursday. The goal is to conduct more searches of the water in the near future.

MacDonald, 53, was last seen on January 21 at 2:30 p.m. His truck was located near Ballantyne’s Cove wharf. MacDonald is white, 5-foot-8 and 140 pounds. He has brown eyes, short black hair, and his face is clean-shaven. He was wearing navy blue coveralls, green rubber boots, a black toque, and a hoody.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Antigonish District RCMP at 902 863-6500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP202 plus a message to ‘CRIMES’ (274637), or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at