zylhdum · 2021-02-11

Police searching Georgian Bay for missing man

Southern Georgian Bay OPP and the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC) are still searching for a missing Tiny Township man.

Police received a call late Monday about the missing man, who failed to return to his home early April 17.

“From the investigation which followed, police have been able to determine that 29-year-old Nick Dusome left the Harbour West Marina in his 14-foot aluminum boat and safely made it to the Town Dock in Penetanguishene,” said Const. Peter Leon in a news release.

Dusome reportedly spent the evening of April 16 at Yorkie’s Bar and Grill, leaving after the establishment closed in the wee hours.

“The family has not seen or heard from Mr. Dusome after his brother dropped him off at the marina early Thursday evening, and his disappearance is uncharacteristic.”

Leon said Dusome failed to show up for work April 17 and again on Monday. Several unsuccessful attempts to locate his whereabouts were made by the family before the OPP was contacted.

“A search of the Town Dock and area marinas was conducted by officers from the Southern Georgian Bay OPP (on April 20) and his boat has not been located,” Leon said, adding five OPP vessels and a Canadian Coast Guard boat out of Meaford are conducting searches of the waters in and around Penetanguishene Bay.

A Hercules search-and-rescue aircraft conducted a series of low-level flights, with no sign of Dusome or his boat.

Members of the Central Region emergency response team searched the shoreline on Tuesday, while a helicopter from Canadian Forces Base Trenton joined the air search.

The operation is being carried out under the direction of the JRCC in Trenton.

Police are asking shoreline property owners to check if anything has washed ashore in the past few days. Anyone who has something to report can call the OPP at 526-3761 or 1-888-310-1122.

Dusome is described as a white male, six feet tall with a muscular, build. He weights between 210 and 220 pounds, and has short brown hair and a reddish-coloured goatee.

He was last seen wearing light brown coveralls, a dark green jacket and dark-coloured boots. His boat is described as creamy white in colour and was equipped with a 25-horsepower Johnson outboard motor.