A former Silver Lake Regional High School History teacher, reported missing last week by a friend and former fellow teacher, has been found dead.
Halifax Police Sgt. Ted Broderick confirmed for WATD-FM that 70-year-old David Pierce was found dead on Monday in a bedroom used for storage inside his Lydon Lane apartment. Broderick says it appears Pierce died of natural causes.
Last week, Police and Fire officials, on two separate occasions, went to Pierce’s Lydon Lane apartment for wellbeing checks, and, at least, one time, according to police logs, found his apartment was unoccupied.
Former teacher Kevin Dunn, when reached by phone on Monday morning before the news of Pierce’s death spread, said Pierce, who he reported missing to Halifax Police last Wednesday, suffered from Parkinson’s disease.
“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.”
Dunn says, Pierce disappearing was a mystery to him, because he had 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 stayed inside his Halifax Apartment.
“He’s suffering from Parkinson’s and it’s really debilitating,” Dunn said prior to the news of Pierce’s death. “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 had reached out to local hospitals to see if Pierce had checked in there.
Pierce was last seen Saturday, April 21st when friends dropped him off at home after dinner.