ENGLISHTOWN — RCMP may have a lead in the investigation into a vehicle that plunged off the end of the Englishtown ferry into St. Anns Bay.
Jerry Hengeveld, 81, from Waterville, N.S., was last seen by his family on March 24.
He drives a 2007 silver-grey Toyota Camry, which was seen in Baddeck on March 25. A car partially matching that description went off the ferry later that day. There’s been no sign of Hengeveld’s car since then.
“Baddeck RCMP are working with Kings County RCMP and can confirm that the missing man from Kings County, Jerry Hengeveld and his vehicle, were seen in the Baddeck Irving station on March 25,” Const. Scott MacRae said Saturday.
However, since a car has not been recovered, police cannot confirm if the vehicle that went off the ferry belongs to Hengeveld.
RCMP divers were supposed to resume their search Saturday morning but ice conditions, which have plagued the area since mid-week, continue to hamper the search efforts.
“The only reason we’re not diving today is because the ice is still in the area,” Staff Sgt. Craig Yorke said Saturday.
“The ice is straight out to the mouth of the sea. The channel was starting to free itself up there but still it’s back and forth because of the current.”
On Sunday, MacRae said the RCMP dive unit is looking at conditions on a day-to-day basis. He said the next window of opportunity to search the bay may be as late as Tuesday.
Police say it won’t be possible to positively identify the victim in this case until the vehicle is retrieved from the bottom of the bay.
“It’s unknown until we go down and actually find the vehicle,” Yorke said.