Canada DEBBIE ANN HUTCHINSON: Missing from New Waterford, Nova Scotia - 14 April 2017 - Age 59

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Debbie was last confirmed seen on April 14th, 2017; her vehicle was found burnt in a wooded area off of Cossit Heights Drive near her home on April 25th, and while there is nothing specific to indicate foul play, police are trying to determine events leading up to the vehicle fire.

 
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On Saturday, several members of her family were among the group which set out to search a large wooded area in Cossitt Heights – just a couple of kilometres behind Hutchinson’s home.

"Well, it shows that people still care about her, right?” says John Hutchinson, brother of the missing woman. "I think that maybe she is deceased, but we'd like to get closure, find her and put this to rest – put it to bed – and hopefully we'll just move on with our lives."
 
On Saturday, several members of her family were among the group which set out to search a large wooded area in Cossitt Heights – just a couple of kilometres behind Hutchinson’s home.

"Well, it shows that people still care about her, right?” says John Hutchinson, brother of the missing woman. "I think that maybe she is deceased, but we'd like to get closure, find her and put this to rest – put it to bed – and hopefully we'll just move on with our lives."
Well that changes things a bit. Her car was in there twice that night and the second time another car followed her in?

I guess she could have made herself go missing if she had a ride and they thought burning the car would destroy it and people thought she was burned up in it (which I would never count on but some might think that).

More likely though, it is even more indication of foul play. I wonder how they know another car followed her in.

Any indication of whether she had a husband or a boyfriend?
 
Well that changes things a bit. Her car was in there twice that night and the second time another car followed her in?

I guess she could have made herself go missing if she had a ride and they thought burning the car would destroy it and people thought she was burned up in it (which I would never count on but some might think that).

More likely though, it is even more indication of foul play. I wonder how they know another car followed her in.

Any indication of whether she had a husband or a boyfriend?
BBM. Cameras?
 
Well that changes things a bit. Her car was in there twice that night and the second time another car followed her in?

I guess she could have made herself go missing if she had a ride and they thought burning the car would destroy it and people thought she was burned up in it (which I would never count on but some might think that).

More likely though, it is even more indication of foul play. I wonder how they know another car followed her in.

Any indication of whether she had a husband or a boyfriend?
I haven't found any MSM regarding a spouse or SO, unfortunately.
 
Deveaux said her mother’s friend became concerned after Hutchinson never showed up for dinner on Easter Sunday. While it wasn’t unusual for Hutchinson to back out of plans, she almost always called before to explain why, or afterwards to apologize. When she couldn’t get in touch with Hutchinson, the friend called Hutchinson’s brother, who visited his sister’s house on April 19. The car wasn’t in the driveway, so he thought perhaps he’d just missed her.
*(friend?)
 

Five years later the family of a missing Cape Breton woman looks for answers​

Since April 2017, Easter weekend has not been the same for John Hutchinson and Darlene McDonald.

It's a reminder of the last time they saw their sister.

“My heart is broken,” said McDonald. “My sister and I had our differences, but she's my twin sister and I loved her and I just want to know what happened to her.”

ATV riders found Debbie Hutchinson's burnt-out car in a wooded area not far from her home.

There were extensive searches, by land, and air in the weeks that followed. But since then, there have been few, if any developments.

Hutchinson says Debbie's dog was left behind along with groceries on the kitchen table.

“She would never leave that dog in the house. That dog was her life, he went everywhere with her,” said Hutchinson. “If she went in the car, the dog went in the car. So whatever happened to her in that house happened to her real quick.”

Hutchinson says police have security video of Debbie's car driving through Cossitt Heights towards the area where it was found, but the video has never been released publicly.

“That's one thing that bothers me,” said McDonald. “There was somebody in that vehicle with her on that camera and for some reason they can't enhance it to see who it is.”

Police said while the circumstances surrounding Debbie's disappearance are suspicious, there is nothing specific to indicate foul play.

The family says there has been no new activity in her bank account. They’ve felt from the beginning that something isn't right.

“You don't just burn your car and walk away. It doesn't happen like that,” said McDonald.

Police continue to investigate the case.

As time passes, the pain of not knowing doesn't get easier for the family.

“Let’s get this done,” said Hutchinson. “There's no doubt that she's probably deceased now, but give us some closure.”
 

Five years later the family of a missing Cape Breton woman looks for answers​

Since April 2017, Easter weekend has not been the same for John Hutchinson and Darlene McDonald.

It's a reminder of the last time they saw their sister.

“My heart is broken,” said McDonald. “My sister and I had our differences, but she's my twin sister and I loved her and I just want to know what happened to her.”

ATV riders found Debbie Hutchinson's burnt-out car in a wooded area not far from her home.

There were extensive searches, by land, and air in the weeks that followed. But since then, there have been few, if any developments.

Hutchinson says Debbie's dog was left behind along with groceries on the kitchen table.

“She would never leave that dog in the house. That dog was her life, he went everywhere with her,” said Hutchinson. “If she went in the car, the dog went in the car. So whatever happened to her in that house happened to her real quick.”

Hutchinson says police have security video of Debbie's car driving through Cossitt Heights towards the area where it was found, but the video has never been released publicly.

“That's one thing that bothers me,” said McDonald. “There was somebody in that vehicle with her on that camera and for some reason they can't enhance it to see who it is.”

Police said while the circumstances surrounding Debbie's disappearance are suspicious, there is nothing specific to indicate foul play.

The family says there has been no new activity in her bank account. They’ve felt from the beginning that something isn't right.

“You don't just burn your car and walk away. It doesn't happen like that,” said McDonald.

Police continue to investigate the case.

As time passes, the pain of not knowing doesn't get easier for the family.

“Let’s get this done,” said Hutchinson. “There's no doubt that she's probably deceased now, but give us some closure.”
If they can't enhance the video or see who is in the car, why the reluctance to release it?
 

Police in Cape Breton now investigating six year old missing person case as homicide​

Posted Jun 14, 2023

The disappearance of a Cape Breton woman six years ago is now being investigated as a homicide.

According to police, 59-year old Debbie Ann Hutchinson was last seen in surveillance video at local businesses on April 15, 2017.

In a facebook post, Cape Breton Regional Police say on April 16, Hutchinson’s 2005 white Kia Magentis was spotted on fire in a wooded area off Cossitt Heights Drive.

On June 13, police released a statement saying they want to speak to people who were driving in the area between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on the day the vehicle was found burning.

Police did not go into details about why the case is now being considered a homicide but they say they believe there are people who witnessed Hutchinson’s 2005 white Kia Magentis traveling on Upper Prince Street, Reeves Street or Cossitt Heights Drive just before it was burned.

Police also want to identify the drivers of four specific vehicles shown by video surveillance traveling on Cossitt Heights Drive at the same time as Hutchinson’s vehicle: a black Ford Escape, a blue Ford Ranger, a green pick-up truck (make and model unconfirmed). Since police issued the original statement, the driver of the white pick-up truck with blue striping has been identified.

With license plate DSB 020, the Magentis also had a Giant Cape Bretion101.9 radio sticker in the bottom left corner of the rear windshield, a Max FM 98.3 radio sticker in the bottom right corner of the rear windshield, and a red and white Kia sticker on the bottom right corner of the trunk.
Anyone with information are asked to call police at 902-563-5151 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.
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Police also want to identify the drivers of four specific vehicles shown by video surveillance traveling on Cossitt Heights Drive at the same time as Hutchinson’s vehicle: a black Ford Escape, a blue Ford Ranger, a green pick-up truck (make and model unconfirmed). Since police issued the original statement, the driver of the white pick-up truck with blue striping has been identified
 

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