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Whitby, Ont., teacher missing after going for Monday morning jog

Durham Regional Police say 52-year-old Jeffrey Boucher is an avid runner and it’s believed he set out for a routine run on Monday, but he has not been seen or heard from since.

The search continues for a missing Whitby, Ont., man who went on a morning run on Monday, but police do not suspect foul play.

Durham Regional Police said Tuesday that they believe 52-year-old Jeffrey Boucher, an avid runner, set out on his routine jog on Monday morning. He has not been seen or heard from since.

Police said they are concerned that Mr. Boucher, a teacher at Bowmanville High School, may have suffered an injury. "We want to make sure that he hasn't fallen or had a medical episode," Staff Sergeant Steve Jones said.

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Police also said their concern is heightened because he may not be dressed to endure cold temperatures for an extended period of time.

Mr. Boucher, a father of two, likely left his home wearing a dark blue running jacket with reflective stripes and polyester-style running pants, said his wife, Kirsten Boucher, adding that he also always wears his glasses.

Family did not see Mr. Boucher leave for the morning run, but this was his usual routine, police said. Authorities said he did not arrive for work on Monday morning and his vehicle was found at his home in the city east of Toronto (near Brock Street and Taunton Road).

Ms. Boucher said not showing up for work is unlikely behaviour from her husband, who she said doesn't even take sick days.

"He's always basically on time for everything," she said.

Along with his car, many of his personal belongings also remain at home, Ms. Boucher said.

"Everything's at home. Every single bank card, every single penny, every single key … everything is here," she told The Globe and Mail on Tuesday.

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Police have been searching the vicinity, encompassing a 10-to-15-kilometre radius, which includes a conservation area, as well as parks and trails in the neighbourhood. They are also asking nearby residents to check their properties.

On runs, Mr. Boucher often changed his route, so it is unclear which direction he may have gone on Monday morning before his disappearance, his wife said.

An air support unit, canine units and ATVs are being used to assist in the search.

Ms. Boucher said she is thankful for the support she has received from the public and from the police during the ongoing search effort.

"I hope it pays off soon," she said.

Mr. Boucher is described as white, six feet tall, 180 pounds with grey and white short hair.

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Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Durham Regional Police.

With a report from The Canadian Press

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