Massive Search Continues for Missing Bracebridge Man, Kirk Dillon


In a puzzling turn of events, the whereabouts of a man from Bracebridge remain undetermined, with law enforcement maintaining a persistent effort to uncover any evidence of his location. Thirty-seven-year-old Kirk Dillon ventured out for an evening walk along Woodchester Avenue on Saturday, but notably, he did not come back.

Dillon’s distraught family holds on to the fervent hope of his safe and imminent return to their hearth as the search drives into its fourth day. A heartfelt plea from his sister, Krystle Dillon was, “Please come home. Just come home.” His mother, Kathie Dillon, reassured everyone that they were far from abandoning the search for Kirk.

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In an expansive effort to locate the missing man, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have marshalled a substantial array of resources, such as deploying the Aviation team, K9 unit, All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), and the Underwater Search and Recovery Unit. A particular area of focus for the search party on Wednesday was the environs around River Road and Cedar Lane.

Kirk, standing six feet tall with an athletic build, features short blonde hair and blue eyes. When last he was seen, his attire comprised a camouflage sweater and hat, khaki shorts, and DC brand running shoes. Reports from his family suggest that Dillon had been grappling with issues related to his mental health and had intended his late-evening walk to be a soothing respite for his mind.

The last known communication from him was on Saturday night. His brother-in-law, Matt Read, fervently urges the locality to get involved by extending the search area, saying, “Please check your backyard, your ravines. It’s Bracebridge. Go ATVing, go on your boat, check your fish finders. We’re not giving up on him. We’re going to get you home. We miss you. We need you back.”

With the hopes of procuring additional leads that will aid in their investigation, the police are requesting residents in the neighborhoods of Manitoba Street, Cedar Lane, River Road, and Wilson’s Falls to diligently review their security footage for any signs of pedestrian activity between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on the Saturday evening of Dillon’s disappearance.