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Police still looking for Debbie Ann Hutchinson 

April 24, 2019

Two years after she was reported missing, Cape Breton Regional Police continue to look for Debbie Ann Hutchinson. 

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Investigators can confirm that Debbie was last seen in Sydney on April 15th, where video surveillance shows her operating her vehicle at several local businesses.  

Her vehicle – a 2005 white Kia Magentis – was found burned in a wooded area off Cossitt Heights Drive on April 16th; at the time, however, the vehicle was not known to be hers. There was no VIN present to identify the owner, there were no reports of a stolen vehicle matching its description and police were not looking for Debbie or her vehicle, because Debbie had not yet been reported missing to police. Cape Breton Regional Fire Services extinguished the fire and the vehicle was towed for salvage.    

After not having been able to make contact with Debbie for several days, family reported her missing to police on April 24th; during salvage of the burned vehicle, a VIN was located on the engine block and on April 25th, police confirmed the car was hers. 

*This is not Debbie's exact car, but a photo of what a 2005 Kia Magentis looks like. 

Police launched an extensive investigation that continues today:

  • With the assistance of Cape Breton Ground Search and Rescue, police K9 and human remains detection dogs, police searched the wooded areas on both sides of Highway 125 and had a helicopter complete an additional aerial search.
  • Investigators canvassed Debbie’s neighborhood, reviewed surveillance video in that neighbourhood and at local businesses and spoke to staff in the last known businesses she was in.
  • More than 60 people have been interviewed to provide information to the investigation. · Police have reviewed all government, financial and personal records, including a search of her personal technological devices.
  • Debbie and her DNA have been added to Canada’s National Missing Person’s database at www.canadasmissing.ca.
  • Hundreds of tips have been received and followed Police have followed leads on every one of the hundreds of tips received. 

To date, police have not been able to confirm Debbie’s whereabouts since the last sighting of her on April 15th, nor determine the events leading to her burned vehicle. Investigators continue to explore any and all potential leads and ask the public for any information that can help them in this ongoing investigation.  

Debbie was 59 years old when she went missing and described as 5’ tall and approximately 95 pounds with brown eyes and graying hair. A photo of Debbie and the model of her vehicle are attached for reference.  

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 902-563-5151 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.