Still no sign of Canning-area man

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One month after Mark Clarke was last seen, no trace has been found of the 34-year-old Canning-area man.

Kings RCMP Sgt. Stephen Power said March 1 there is nothing new to report on the case, but the police investigation into Clarke’s disappearance continues.   

“I know (Valley) Ground Search and Rescue were doing some training exercises earlier in the area,” Power said.

Search manager Fred Bond confirmed members of the volunteer group have been looking for Mark Clark of their own volition.

Some of the team, he noted, had carefully walked the roads and other paths that Clarke normally travelled.

Valley Search and Rescue see the unofficial search efforts as a training exercise, Bond added.

Clarke was last seen around noon Feb. 4 when a friend dropped him off at the intersection of Kentville’s Aberdeen and Main streets.

Clarke is Caucasian, approximately five foot 10 inches tall, weighs approximately 160 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.  When last seen, Clarke had long sideburns and full goatee.

He was wearing a canvas-type, insulated winter coat; insulated, brown, canvas hiking boots; jeans and gloves. Anyone with information is asked to call the nearest police department or New Minas RCMP, 902-679-5555.

People can also pass on information on anonymously through Open Arms in Kentville, 300-1729

Organizations: RCMP, Open Arms

Geographic location: Canning, Kentville

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  • Tammi Wood
    March 05, 2013 - 21:08

    As one of Mark's cousins I have been searching for him since I heard he had gone missing. Social media initially played a huge part in spreading the word to see if anyone had seen him. After waiting almost 3 weeks to see what the RCMP were going to do, I decided to organize a search of my own. That same day VSAR was also doing a training exercise and together we searched some of the Kentville area. I learned a lot that day, and was very surprised when I found out that VSAR had not been officially asked to do a search for my cousin. I was led to believe a few days later after speaking with two RCMP officers that they had been asked, but apparently it was only selected areas. I am puzzled as to why they have not been given the full go ahead to conduct searches in areas and at times they see fit. My frustration grows with this whole investigation and how it has been handled and I know I am not the only person who feels this way. ~ Still searching and praying that my cousin is found.

    • Valley Girl
      March 11, 2013 - 10:56

      As with Tammi, I was part of the search team that joined VSAR. It seems apparent that RCMP and Kentville police and trying to sweep Mark's disappearance under the rug. Unfortunately, I (and others) have witnessed Mark being bullied by Kentville police in the past and this lack of concern on their part with his disappearance, ESPECIALLY with his medical history of seizures, shows that they either don't care of have alterior motives.