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Updated: Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:24:25 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Missing teacher Jeffrey Boucher sought in Whitby, Ont.



Police in Whitby are looking for a local teacher who went for a jog Monday morning and never returned home. Durham Regional Police

Police in Whitby are looking for a local teacher who went for a jog Monday morning and never returned home. Durham Regional Police

Police in Whitby, Ont., are looking for a local high school teacher who went out for a run Monday morning and never returned.

Jeffrey Boucher, 52, who teaches at Bowmanville High School , went for a run at about 6 a.m. Monday and hasn't been seen since.

"I don't know what happened this morning," his wife Kristen told CBC News. "He didn't give me a kiss goodbye and he didn't leave for work. He's never taken a sick day in 25 years. When he didn't come home, alarm bells went off.

"He's been a good husband and a good father. He cares for everybody."

Boucher left behind his wallet, and his car is still in the garage.

"Could this be a midlife crisis of some kind, where something bothered him at work, and he just wants to run away? I don't know," his wife said.

The police are using all-terrain vehicles and a K-9 unit to carry out the search. Members of the Ontario Volunteer Emergency Response Team (OVERT) joined the police search today and are concentrating their efforts on the Heber Downs Conservation Area in Whitby.

Boucher typically ran 10 kilometres and often varied his route, sometimes running in green spaces in the area, located about 50 kilometres east of Toronto.

"It's ramped up to an intensive search," said Durham Regional Police Insp. David Brown. "It's a hazardous situation with this snow and ice, and we are fearful he may have tripped and fallen and is in a wooded ravine area," he said.

Police have set up a command post near the Boucher family home on Gilchrist Court, near Brock Street and Taunton Road.

Boucher is white, six feet tall, weighs 180 pounds, and he has short, grey-and-white hair. Durham police are asking anyone with information about Boucher's whereabouts to call 1-888-579-1520.

His daughter Bettina sent this Tweet today:

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