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Police add Debbie Ann Hutchinson case to rewards program

By Joe Thomson Jun 13, 2023 | 1:59 PM

Photo courtesy Cape Breton Regional Police

Debbie Ann Hutchinson was 59 years old when she went missing in Sydney over six years ago. Now police have added her homicide case to the rewards program.

The Province is offering a reward of up to $150,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the homicide of Hutchinson.

Earlier this week, cape Breton regional Police asked the public for help with their investigation into her homicide.

If you were travelling in the Cossitt Heights area of Sydney between 8:00 and 9:00 AM on April 16th, 2017, the Cape Breton Regional Police want to hear from you. They believe it’s possible someone saw Hutchinson during that time before she went missing and her vehicle was burned.

Police say Hutchinson was driving her 2005 white Kia Magentis on Upper Prince Street, Reeves Street and Cossitt Heights Drive before it was burned. The car was discovered burning in a wooded are off Cossitt Heights Drive later that day. They were not able to identify the vehicle and it had not been reported stolen. Hutchinson was not reported missing until roughly a week later on April 24, 2017.

Hutchinson was described as 5’ tall and approximately 95 pounds with brown eyes and graying hair.

A photo of Debbie Ann Hutchinson provided by Cape Breton Regional Police.

Police are further asking for the public’s assistance to identify the drivers of four specific vehicles shown by video surveillance traveling on Cossitt Heights Drive at the same time as Debbie’s vehicle – a black Ford Escape, a blue Ford Ranger, a green pick-up truck (make and model unconfirmed) and a white pick-up truck with blue striping (make and model unconfirmed).

Anyone with information that can help determine the events leading to Hutchinson’s disappearance or her burned vehicle is asked to contact police at 902-563-5151 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.


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