Family appeals for help finding N.S. woman who disappeared last Easter

From CTV - January 14, 2018

It's been nine months since Debbie Hutchinson's burned out car was found by ATV riders not far from her Cape Breton home.

Nearly a year later, after the community launched extensive search by land and air, her family is speaking out in hopes that renewed interest in her disappearance could bring them answers.

"It's been hard. We are just trying to get by," Debbies brother John Hutchinson told CTV Atlantic. "We are trying to be strong but sometimes it's not that easy."

Last seen on April 14, 59-year-old Hutchinson's car was found a couple days later by a pair of ATV riders in a wooded area.

"It was just billowing black smoke and we stopped there because we did not know if the car was going to actually explode, but then again, we had to check if there was anyone in it," Nicholas Bonnell, one of the ATV riders told CTV Atlantic at the time.

She was reported missing that month by her family, who now say her disappearance remains a total mystery to them. "I want her name and her picture out there, because I know there has to be somebody who knows something," Debbies niece, Amy Hutchinson, told CTV Atlantic on Saturday.

Debbie Hutchinson is described as five feet tall, about 95 pounds, with brown eyes and greying hair.

Cape Breton regional police have said that while her disappearance is "suspicious," there is still no evidence to indicate foul play as they continue their investigation. There have been no new leads for months, which concerns the family, who remains troubled by details of her sudden disappearance on Easter weekend last year. They said there has been no new activity on the bank account, and the fact that she left her dog, who she "never went anywhere without," locked at home surprised them and others that knew her.

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