MOUNT UNIACKE – A Bedford man, who was reported missing just before Christmas has been found dead in Mount Uniacke.
Jonathan Chigier, 48, reportedly left his home on Dec. 18 to visit friends but wasn’t heard from.
He was found in his vehicle, a grey Honda CRV.
Halifax Regional Police say they do not suspect foul play.
A Facebook group was established to attempt to find Chigier, but a formal ground search wasn’t conducted, as a specific area couldn’t be established.
Police say a woman out for a walk found the snow-covered vehicle and contacted the East Hants RCMP.
Chigier, a resource teacher at Oldfield Consolidated School was married with three children.
“Our thoughts are with Jonathan's family and friends at this difficult time, and they respectfully request their privacy,” a HRP press release said.
“Investigators extend their thanks to the media and the public for their assistance with this matter.”
Family of the deceased posted the following message on the Facebook group that was formed to help find him:
"It is with very heavy hearts that we, the family of Jonathan Chigier, announce the passing of our beloved father, husband, brother and son. We were made aware of his vehicle being discovered and sadly his death last evening, December 30, 2015."
"There is no greater pain than the loss of someone we love, but it is through this pain, grief and prayer that we deal with our devastating loss. Although we are very private people, we do feel an overwhelming need to speak out to take notice and thank with all our hearts those of you who came forward and assisted in the search for Jonathan."
"So many of you came forward and helped in so many ways, friends we know, and friends we have never met. The outpouring of caring and the unbridled need for people to help us through the many days of not knowing by searching, driving, and offering words of hope, encouragement and prayer has carried us as a family through these grim and incomprehensible times."
"Our family will never be able to properly thank each and every one of you, but we can tell you that your acts of kindness and compassion have made a tremendous difference. We thank you with all our hearts."