UPDATED: Police, rescue team continue search for missing man

"There's no sign of this man or his truck."

Published on July 10, 2014

Employees at the Cross Country Market haven't seen Stephen Willemse in days. The seat he usually sits in is empty at the store.

Mary Cameron, can't remember the last time she saw him come in but says Willemse, who lived nearby frequented the store.

She said he was a nice man, but quiet.

Pictou County RCMP, assisted by the Pictou County Ground Search and Rescue Team (GSAR), are continuing their search for Willemse who lived in MacLellan's Brook.

Sgt. Kevin Dunlevy said they've talked to family and friends and heard that this is totally out of Willemse's character to disappear like this.

"His family lives out of province and some live out of country," he said. "They certainly don’t’ see this as a normal occurrence."

Dunlevy said they were first tipped off about Willemse when his work called to say he hadn't showed up in a couple days, which wasn't a normal occurrence.

A search of the West Loon Lake area in Pictou County by police and ground search and rescue did not yield any specific clues about Willemse's whereabouts. Police will now focus their search efforts on his home and surrounding area.  Willemse drives a white 2011 Ford Ranger with Nova Scotia license plate FHE-189.

As of yet, police have no leads at all.

"There's no sign of this man or his truck," Dunlevy said.

Anyone with information about Willemse's whereabouts is asked to contact the Pictou County District RCMP at (902) 755-4141, or by contacting the Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.