Halifax: Friends say former teacher’s disappearance is a mystery


Photo of David Pierce furnished by Susan Nichols


A former Silver Lake Regional High School History teacher, reported missing last week by a friend and former fellow teacher, is still missing, and friends say it’s a mystery.

Former teacher Kevin Dunn says his friend , 70 year old David Pierce, who he reported missing to Halifax Police last Wednesday, suffers from Parkinson’s disease.

“I think today there’s going to be a huge push researching and re-interviewing and so forth, interviewing some of his friends and, you know, they’re doing the best they can at this point,” said Dunn. “Ya know, it has been a week.”

Dunn says Pierce has no relatives in the area – and aside from doctor’s visits, trips to lunch with his few friends, and trips to the store – David pretty much stays inside his Halifax Apartment.

“He’s suffering from Parkinson’s and it’s really debilitating,” said Dunn. “He has no car, he sold his car last fall, so he’s really housebound unless someone picks him up and takes him someplace.”

Friends have even reached out to local hospitals to see if Pierce had checked in there, but to no avail.

Pierce was last seen Saturday, April 21st when friends dropped him off at home after dinner.

Last week, Police and Fire officials, on two separate occasions, went to Pierce’s Lydon Lane apartment for wellbeing checks, but found his apartment was unoccupied.

“My friend is a 70 year-old ex-teacher at Silver Lake. He taught at Silver Lake for well over 30 years. I’ve known David for well over 40 years,” said Dunn.  “If you knew David, you’d realize, he was a character, and very much an unforgettable character, too.”

Halifax Police declined to comment on the case over the weekend.

A call to them this morning went unanswered.

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