2020-07-08

Missing 29-year-old Maitland man found dead

by Keith Corcoran

  • <p>SOURCE: RCMP NOVA SCOTIA</p><p>Jacob Donald Croft</p>

It's a sad ending to a multi-day search for a Lunenburg County man missing for days.

Jacob Donald Croft was found dead on June 29 by a boater on Blysteiner Lake. The man's body was found at about 8:20 p.m., around the same time Blockhouse volunteer firefighters were summoned to a Mill Road property in Maitland, overlooking the lake, to assist RCMP.

"The death is not believed to be suspicious in nature, however the investigation into the death is ongoing," police said in a statement released June 30 that extended gratitude to volunteer ground search and rescue crews that lent assistance with the probe.

The six-foot, 180-pound Croft was initially thought to have been seen last on June 24 at a Northfield Road home in Maitland. Police later updated the information to his last known location being at a location along the Northfield Road at midnight June 25. It was also thought he may have been in the area of Chelsea at 4 a.m. that day.

Searchers on the ground and in a helicopter overhead mobilized to find his whereabouts.

Hours before the RCMP released the June 30 update, a social media post from Croft's family expressed appreciation to those who tried to find the 29-year-old.

"The unconditional love and support shown by all of you in so many ways; from flyers to food to social media blasts ... there are no words to express our level of gratitude," reads the family's online message.

"To the Cookville RCMP detachment specifically: Thank you just isn't enough. The kindness shown, the efforts put in and the willingness to go the extra mile for our family will never be forgotten."

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