Police still optimistic missing mountain biker will be found, search into third full day

Published on June 1, 2014
Marty Legere

WAVERLY - Police say they continue to hold out hope of finding a missing mountain biker who hasn’t been seen since failing to return home from an excursion near Spider Lake on Thursday.

The RCMP in Halifax say Marty Leger went biking alone Thursday around noon and was expected to return home around 4 p.m.

When he didn’t show up, police say his family went searching for him and found his vehicle at the end of Spider Lake Road in Waverley.

They reported Leger missing to police around 8:40 p.m., and about two hours later, ground search and rescue crews were deployed in the area.

The search has since continued throughout the day Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with no sign of Legere or his bike.

“We’re very much remaining optimistic,” said Halifax RCMP spokesman Cpl. Scott MacRae.

“There is possibly other areas to move forward with the search.”

The Mounties say a police dog and the Department of Natural Resources is also assisting in the search, along with family and members and concerned citizens.

MacRae said referred to the level of support in the search as quite overwhelming. He says upwards of 200 people have been involved so far.

“I’m amazed at the dedication and hard work of the searchers,” he said.

MacRae said there’s no indication the search will be scaled back anytime soon. He also said the nice, warm weather has been a big help.

“Everything points to him being in the woods,” MacRae said.

– with files from The Canadian Press