What happened to Jeffrey Boucher? Read my new e-book on the case of the missing runner

Read my new e-book: The Mysterious Death of Jeffrey Boucher

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It’s an account of the events surrounding the disappearance of the Whitby dad and my theory on what happened to Jeffrey Boucher.

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The disappearance of Jeffrey Boucher: Was it suicide or foul play?

The Mysterious Death of Jeffrey Boucher by Ann Brocklehurst

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Update: I have just published a short ebook called, in a very self explanatory way, The Mysterious Death of Jeffrey Boucher. This was a case that had major media coverage at the beginning and then just slipped off the news agenda. The public was left hanging about what actually happened. My ebook, which is the length of a long magazine article, attempts to provide some answers.

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May 26: I haven’t written anything about the Jeffrey Boucher case since his body was discovered on the shores of Lake Ontario on March 29th, two and half months after he disappeared.

Before this discovery, I had thought there were four possible scenarios that could explain what happened to the 52-year-old Whitby father and teacher. These were:

  1. Accident
  2. Suicide
  3. Walk away
  4. Foul play

Clearly the discovery of the body means the third scenario, walk away, is out. And the fact that the body was found naked more than eight kilometres from Boucher’s suburban home makes it next to impossible for me to believe that this was just an accidental death. Boucher’s wife Kirsten says, as far as she knows, he never ran to the lake in the morning before school. What’s more, he had just been for a two-hour run ending at 10:30-ish the night before after a weekend of skiing.

Given all this, it’s hard to imagine any situation in which Boucher would have headed out for a 16K Monday morning romp to start the work week. Not to mention that his wife and daughter had been alarmed enough about his extended Sunday night absence that the daughter had taken the family van out looking for him and tweeted that he was missing.

To accept that he died by accident, you have to overlook the odd Sunday night goings-ons, think an anomalous 16K pre-dawn run to Lake Ontario ending in a sprint down an icy pier makes sense, clarify why Boucher’s body was found naked, and explain why a former lifeguard in superb shape couldn’t make his way to shore.

For me, that leaves two possibilities now remaining:

  1. Suicide
  2. Foul

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Jeffrey Boucher Disappearance: Four Possible Scenarios

The Mysterious Death of Jeffrey Boucher by Ann Brocklehurst

Click photo to buy it on Amazon or read free sample

Update: I have just published a short ebook called, in a very self explanatory way, The Mysterious Death of Jeffrey Boucher. This was a case that had major media coverage at the beginning and then just slipped off the news agenda. The public was left hanging about what actually happened. My ebook, which is the length of a long magazine article, attempts to provide some answers.

Buy The Mysterious Death of Jeffrey Boucher on Amazon (or read free sample)


March 17: On the Whitby waterfront, the search is underway again for Jeffrey Boucher.

Just about everybody has their own pet theory as to what happened, including me. Let’s take a look at the possibilities:

Accident If Jeffrey Boucher had an accident, it is one hell of a coincidence given that he had supposedly gone out for a super long run the night before. His wife was so worried about his longer-than-usual absence that his daughter took the family van and went out looking for him. The same scenario repeated itself the next morning, when the daughter drove around the neighbourhood again while the mother called the police.

Suicide Men of Boucher’s age are at a higher-than-average risk for suicide. He was facing big life changes including retirement and his younger daughter leaving for college. But usually when someone commits suicide — including people who no one believes would kill themselves — there are after-the-fact signs and reasons. This does not appear to be the case with Jeffrey Boucher, whose wife Kirsten remains adamant he wouldn’t have committed suicide.

Walk away Again, when someone walks away, the preparations will usually be discovered once the person has made off. In this case, there don’t appear to be any clues whatsoever that Jeffrey Boucher was planning to bolt.

Foul Play Much has been made of the reactions of Boucher’s wife and younger daughter to his disappearance, but there’s no template for how to behave when personal tragedy strikes. Shock can explain a lot. As a result of their reactions, the wife and daughter have been subject to intense scrutiny. In contrast, there’s been comparatively little attention paid to Boucher himself.

Discussing people who may be the victims of crime is rightfully a sensitive topic and can sometimes turn into victim blaming. My training in this area is old school. Until charges are laid or there’s evidence that someone is guilty, you do not speculate in public. Of course, the media doesn’t always obey these rules. Just look at the speculation over whether the pilots of the missing Malaysian Airlines jet were involved.

I don’t believe all public speculation is  always wrong, but what I do know is that when you get into speculation, there’s always a danger someone innocent will be hurt and their reputation harmed. On the other hand, there are also negative consequences to not asking certain questions and I’m sure most people would agree that it’s not out of line to ask about the pilots of the missing jets.

Keeping that in mind, here’s what I’ve always wanted to know about Jeffrey Boucher’s Sunday night outing. Who on earth goes for a two-hour evening run after a full day of skiing and with a morning run planned for the next day? Was he going somewhere else? If so, where and why?

Alternatively, he could have done an evening run because he knew he wasn’t going to be running the next day, in which case the question becomes where was Jeffrey Boucher headed Monday morning and why?

Obviously, these questions imply a foul play scenario, which is the way I’m leaning. That doesn’t mean that I’ve ruled out the other three possibilities.

I would love to hear from anyone who might be able to help answer my questions on the Jeffrey Boucher case and especially about a sweater photo online late last year: ann.brocklehurst@gmail.com or leave a comment.

The mysterious disappearance of Jeffrey Boucher

The Mysterious Death of Jeffrey Boucher by Ann Brocklehurst

Click photo to buy it on Amazon or read free sample

Update: I have just published a short ebook called, in a very self explanatory way, The Mysterious Death of Jeffrey Boucher. This was a case that had major media coverage at the beginning and then just slipped off the news agenda. The public was left hanging about what actually happened. My ebook, which is the length of a long magazine article, attempts to provide some answers.

Buy The Mysterious Death of Jeffrey Boucher on Amazon (or read free sample)


March 14: I have spent part of this week talking to people about the strange case of Jeffrey Boucher. Like many observers, I found the original reactions of Boucher’s wife and younger daughter to his disappearance very strange, but I also understand that in such an extreme situation, there is no one correct way to react. Shock can explain a lot. Odd reactions don’t equal guilt. They are just a jumping-off point to ask questions.

That’s why I am fascinated by the presence of Kirsten Boucher on the Websleuths forums where she posts as Mommybear and deals head on with people asking her all sorts of awkward, bizarre and sometimes cruel questions about the case of her missing husband.

She is so open and willing to engage that I phoned her up and asked her some questions of my own. I hope to soon write a story in which I will share the answers I received with readers, but for now I am still in the research stage and need some more information.

I would love to hear from people who knew Jeffrey Boucher and who have those little stories to tell that give insights into a person’s character.

As always, you can reach me at ann.brocklehurst@gmail.com or via Facebook if you prefer.

Update: A shoe that police believe belongs to Jeffrey Boucher was found a few hours after my original post. I modified it for this and other reasons.