Search for missing mountain biker in Halifax area called off

Haley Ryan, Metro Halifax
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WAVERLY - The search for a missing 30-year-old biker who went missing last Thursday in the Spider Lake area ended Tuesday night, according to the RCMP.

RCMP officers discuss the search for missing cyclist Marty Leger near the end of Spider Lake Road on Tuesday.

Marty Leger was reported missing last week when he didn’t return home from a bike ride around the lake. His car was found at the end of Spider Lake Road, but Cpl. Scott MacRae said the RCMP found no evidence of Leger or his bike in the 65 square kilometers of woods in the area.

“The decision to end any search is extremely difficult,” said Supt. Roland Wells of the Halifax RCMP. “I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy towards the Leger family in their time of grieving.”

Over the past five days, RCMP said about 450 ground search and rescue volunteers from across the Maritimes and Canadian military members combed the heavily wooded Waverly area.

MacRae said helicopters, dogs and boats, were also used, but there had been “no sign” of Leger.

“You always try to remain positive, but it’s not looking good,” MacRae said around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

He said crews had moved into a methodical search off the paths, and were through “probable locations” based off of Leger’s biking level and the search team’s experience.

RCMP said “after exhausting all efforts,” the search and rescue teams wrapped up their search Tuesday afternoon while the military forces continued until 9 p.m.

Those traveling the trails of Spider Lake are asked to call the police if they come across anything out of place.

“No amount of information is too small or insignificant,” a release stated.

The matter will now become a missing person case for the RCMP.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Spider Lake Road, Waverly

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