The family of missing Owen Sound man Terry Schope are looking for any information that could help bring him home.
It has now been two weeks since Schope was last seen at his apartment in Owen Sound, and his sister Debbie Hiscox said a feeling of helplessness has set in, with no real leads on where her brother could be.
Hiscox said Tuesday afternoon that after two weeks and hearing nothing about her brother's whereabouts, she is expecting the worst.
“Good news or bad news at this point we want closure,” Hiscox said Tuesday. “It would be nice to find him alive and that he is actually living off the land to some degree, but we kind of need the public's assistance in this case.”
Schope was last seen at his apartment building at the corner of 8th St. E. and 5th Ave. E. by his brother Larry on the morning of June 19. At the time he was wearing blue jeans, a blue and white t-shirt and baseball cap.
Schope is 55 years old and is five feet, eight inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. He has blue eyes and brown/grey hair.
Owen Sound police issued its latest news release late last week asking city residents to look on their property, including in outbuildings, for anything that could indicate that Schope was there.
Owen Sound Police Acting Det.-Sgt. Pete Daniels said Tuesday afternoon that police had no new information about Schope's whereabouts and asked the public to continue to look for anything that could help them locate him.
“We would appreciate the public's assistance, if they do see him to call us right away,” said Daniels.
Police have said they have concerns for his safety and well-being.
Hiscox said Schope, who was diagnosed when he was a teenager to have paranoid schizophrenia, was reportedly acting irritated and confused in the weeks leading up to his disappearance.
She said doctors had been changing his medication lately and the new medication didn't seem to be having the desired effect.
She said it is unusual for her brother to be gone for so long.
“It is unusual for him to be away this long,” said Hiscox. “Before he has maybe taken off for the day and came back, but never two weeks.”
Hiscox said in the weeks before he went missing, her brother had done a lot of talking about getting out of Owen Sound and relocating somewhere.
She said Schope talked a lot with her brother about some of the areas he would like to move to, including the Holland Centre, Markdale, Berkeley and Hanover areas.
“He grew up in the area and seems to want to go back in time,” said Hiscox. “It is where he has happier memories from.”
Hiscox said there have been a few tips involving possible sightings of Schope in the Berkeley and Holland Centre areas, hitchhiking on Highway 6 and 10 south of Owen Sound, and another of him on the East Bayshore Road heading north towards the Hibou Conservation Area, but they have not turned up anything.
Nick Oldrieve of Please Bring Me Home, a not-for-profit corporation mainly known for trying to get new information to help crack local cold cases such as those of Lisa Maas and Lois Hanna, has led some searches for Schope.
On Monday, about 30 people, along with a drone and a human remains detection dog, searched a bush area around Holland Centre for Schope, who had been known to camp in the area in the past.
Oldrieve has also searched the shoreline by kayak between Owen Sound and the Hibou Conservation Area.
Hiscox, who also took part in Monday's search with her husband Brian, praised Oldrieve and Please Bring Me Home for their help.
“His group and organization is unbelievable,” said Hiscox. “It is awesome. Without them we would have no support at all.”
Hiscox said the family has put up posters in communities across Grey-Bruce, including Holland Centre, Berkeley, Markdale Hanover, Walkerton, Hepworth, Sauble Beach and Meaford. They have also been to area attractions such as waterfalls, thinking tourists may have spotted him.
“We are running out of ideas now of where to look,” said Hiscox.
She said they have talked to police, but everyone seems to be at a dead end.
“I think their hands may be tied too, with which direction did he go in,” said Hiscox. “If we could only get the public aware and maybe people can think back, or did anybody spot him on the weekend.”
Schope was a fairly heavy smoker so maybe he tried to get a cigarette or a bit of money off someone, as he only had five dollars in his wallet when he left. Maybe he is on the surveillance camera of a local business, Hiscox said.
“He hasn't accessed any of his bank accounts,” said Hiscox. “At this point we want people to still look for him in wooded areas, trail areas, just keep an eye out to see if we can bring him home.”
She said they will continue to look for him until he is found.
“We are continuing to be vigilant,” said Hiscox.
If anyone has seen Schope since June 19 or has information on his whereabouts they are asked to call their local police agency or Crime Stoppers.