Search for missing man ends tragically

HARBOURVIEW: A Bedford man who was missing in Inverness County for six days has died.

On July 5, at around 9 a.m. searchers found the body of 31-year-old Colin Joseph Beaton in the ocean near Judique. The RCMP worked with the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner’s Service to identify the remains. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre and the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team assisted with the recovery.

That evening, Beaton’s cousin and Inverness MLA Allan MacMaster made a post to Facebook, confirming the tragic news.

“Colin was found this morning by family and a close friend. He is now resting in peace,” the post on July 5 reads.“This evening Colin was reunited with his family and was given the last rights.”

The investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by Inverness RCMP.

Beaton was last seen at 2 a.m. on June 30 prior to leaving a cottage in Harbourview. At the time, the RCMP said he left on foot and may have been disoriented.

In a Facebook post on July 2, MacMaster issued a plea to anyone living or staying along the coast between Colindale and Troy.

“… My cousin Colin Beaton has been missing since early Saturday morning. He is in a vulnerable state. He has not eaten for some time and has difficulty seeing without his glasses. He is not dangerous. Please check your property including any cabins or uninhabited homes or unlocked cars [including trunks]. He may be hiding and he needs to be found soon.”

On July 3, Inverness RCMP and several other agencies announced they were continuing to search for Beaton. The RCMP followed up on tips and information received from the public and released a new photo.

The local detachment was assisted by CASARA – Civilian Air Search and Rescue, RCMP Police Dog Services, the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team, provincial air and ATV resources, as well as Inverness, Cheticamp, Strait Area, and Cape Breton Ground Search and Rescue groups.