RCMP in Nova Scotia say the disappearance of a Cumberland County man in February is now considered suspicious, and they are appealing to the public for help.
Jessie Morrissey, 26, was last seen Feb. 13 around 9:30 p.m. AT in Leamington near snowmobile trail 104. He was reported missing the next day and has not been seen or heard from since.
RCMP previously said they did not consider Morrissey's disappearance suspicious.
In a news release Wednesday, RCMP said they believe the public may have information that could help in the investigation.
Sgt. Craig Learning, commander for the Cumberland County District RCMP, said police have collected valuable information and evidence to date, but there are still many gaps.
"We're convinced there are people who have information critical to closing those gaps and advancing the investigation," Learning said in the news release.
Disappearance out of character
The missing man's mother, Jodi Morrissey, has long said she believes the disappearance is suspicious.
"With all the rumours that have been going around and stuff, we've pretty much begged the cops to peg it as foul play or suspicious right from the beginning," she said in an interview Wednesday.
"Anybody who knows Jessie knows that he wouldn't just up and take off for this amount of time."
RCMP have conducted days of ground and air searches using search and rescue teams, and police dog services.
More than 40 people have been interviewed to date with help from the RCMP's major crime unit, according to the release. Search warrants have also been executed to collect evidence.
Morrissey said she's thankful police are getting her son's face and story out there.
"Hopefully someone will come forward so we can have some closure," she said. "We all want to know that he's just not forgotten by anybody."
Surveillance footage from February
Morrissey is described as six feet tall and 200 pounds with short brown hair and blue eyes.
Surveillance footage released by police in February show someone matching Morrissey's description walking in the Springhill area on Feb. 13 between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time.
The photo, taken from behind, shows someone wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, blue jeans and black boots. The clothing matches the description of what Morrissey was last seen wearing.
RCMP say anyone with information on Morrissey's whereabouts can call the investigative team at 902-667-3859. Anonymous tips can be shared with Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and online.
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