PORT HAWKESBURY: With no concrete leads emerging a week after the disappearance of a town resident, police on the local level and across the province are appealing to the public for assistance with the search for Patrick William Timmons.
The 51-year-old Port Hawkesbury man was last seen leaving a residence on Bernard Street around noon on Tuesday, August 22. An RCMP press release issued later in the week noted that Timmons “may be” driving a red 2001 Saturn three-door coupe with the Nova Scotia license plate number FJX 598, with the vehicle described as “very well-kept” and having red rims.
According to Nova Scotia RCMP communications officer Cpl. Jennifer Clarke, police have not launched a formal ground search or similar activities due to a lack of information as to where Timmons may have been seen since last Tuesday.
“We’ve got the information out in the media and in social media as well,” Cpl. Clarke told The Reporter Monday morning.
“The problem with this one is that we don’t know where to focus our efforts or do a ground search or anything like that. We don’t know where he was last seen, other than at his home – we don’t have any other update whatsoever. So that’s what we’re looking for, that piece of the pie – where should we be directing our efforts.”
However, Cpl. Clarke also pointed out that RCMP officials have asked the Cape Breton Regional Police to share press releases on the search for Timmons due to his potential presence in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM).
“We believe he may have been sighted in the Sydney area – but that’s a ‘maybe,’” she stressed.
Timmons is described as being a white male, 5”2’ in height and 125 pounds in weight, with short brown hair, a mustache and blue eyes. He was wearing a red T-shirt with white print, blue jeans, and white sneakers when he was last seen. He was also wearing a red knee brace.
According to the RCMP release issued last week, police do not suspect foul play in Timmons’ disappearance. However, RCMP and Timmons’ family are “concerned for his well-being,” according to the same release.
Anyone with information about Timmons’ whereabouts should contact Inverness District RCMP at (902) 625-2220 or 1-800-803-RCMP (7267). Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIP202 and a message to “CRIMES” (274637), or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at: www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.