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George Scott Cushnie | Missing | Toronto, ON. | Aug. 7 2018
« on: September 04, 2018, 02:02:14 PM »
Police looking for legally blind man, 80, missing since last month

George Scott Cushnie, 80, described as 6 feet tall, with short grey hair and a medium build
CBC News · Posted: Sep 04, 2018 10:36 AM ET | Last Updated: 5 hours ago

Toronto police are asking anyone who has information about George Scott Cushnie's whereabouts to contact 51 Division. (Toronto Police Service)
Toronto police are looking for an elderly man who is legally blind and was last seen nearly a month ago near his home in the east end.

George Scott Cushnie, 80, was last seen on August 7 in the area of River Street and King Street East, but was only reported missing on August 29 after a friend couldn't reach him.

Cushnie lives alone and a friend who typically checks on him tried to contact him, wasn't able to and so contacted police, according to Toronto police Const. Caroline de Kloet.

"This is an 80-year-old man who is legally blind and it's unusual for him to go missing or not be in contact with friends," she told CBC Toronto.

She did not have information about places he likes to frequent.

Cushnie is described as standing about 6' tall, with short grey hair and a medium build. He is legally blind and typically wears dark glasses.

He was last seen wearing a yellow jacket and beige pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call 416-808-5100.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/police-looking-for-legally-blind-man-80-missing-since-last-month-1.4809495

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Missing man, River Street and King Street East area, George Scott Cushnie, 80

Broadcast time: 11:42
Thursday, August 30, 2018

51 Division
416-808-5100

Case #: 2018-1599042

The Toronto Police Service is requesting assistance locating a missing man.

George Scott Cushnie, 80, was reported missing on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at 5 p.m. He was last seen in the River Street and King Street East area on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.

He is described as 6’, short grey hair, medium build, legally blind, wears dark glasses. No clothing description is available.

Police are concerned for his safety.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.


For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

http://torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/41965

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Re: George Scott Cushnie | Missing | Toronto, ON. | Aug. 7 2018
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2018, 11:57:50 AM »
BULLETIN: Concern growing for safety of missing Scott “Professor Piano” Cushnie
September 4, 2018



Friends of one of the GTA’s legendary musical talents, 80-year old Scott Cushnie, aka “Professor Piano” to legions of fans and fellow players, are growing increasingly concerned by his mysterious disappearance.

The iconic keyboard player, who has accompanied legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll and Blues over the years and was a member of The Band and with Ronnie Hawkins in their heydays, hasn’t been seen since August 7 at his apartment in TO’s River Street/King Street East area.

A formal missing person police report was issued by Toronto police on August 30, the same day friends began posting on social media that they were trying to locate him.

A search of his apartment by police turned up no definitive clues as to his whereabouts but according to Facebook posts over the weekend, his wallet was found there.

An update posted on Cushnie’s Facebook timeline this morning added that a police search of the area around and in his building, including the rooftop, basement, maintenance areas and the bushes adjacent to the nearby Don River, turned up no further clues.

A lead that he may have been in Bala Ontario at some point was followed up by Ontario Provincial Police but has yielded no further clues.  Toronto hospitals have been contacted and police have also reviewed his phone records and talked to people he had been in contact with prior to August 7 but those avenues have also come up empty.

Anyone knowing Scott’s whereabouts or seeing him is asked to contact ... Toronto Police 51 Division at 416-808-5104 and quote case file #2018-1599042.


Source: http://www.torontomoon.ca/bulletin-concern-growing-for-safety-of-missing-scott-professor-piano-cushnie/

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Re: George Scott Cushnie | Missing | Toronto, ON. | Aug. 7 2018
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2018, 08:48:17 PM »
Being legally blind, he would have walked with a white can.  Apart from his wallet, was his cane found in his apartment?


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Re: George Scott Cushnie | Missing | Toronto, ON. | Aug. 7 2018
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2019, 12:53:50 PM »
Missing Toronto pianist believed buried by wrong family in case of mistaken identity
Scott Cushnie, 80, went missing in August
Desmond Brown · CBC News · Posted: Oct 15, 2018 8:02 PM ET | Last Updated: October 18, 2018

Scott Cushnie, known as Professor Piano, went missing in August, around the same time another family was trying to find a missing relative. Authorities now believe that family buried Cushnie in a case of mistaken identity. (Submitted by Andrea Reid)

In a bizarre case of mistaken identity, Scott Cushnie — a renowned Toronto musician known as Professor Piano — is believed to have died and was buried as someone else.

Eighty-year-old Cushnie, who was legally blind, lived in an independent seniors' apartment at River Street and King Street East, east of downtown Toronto.

He went missing in August, around the same time another family was trying to find a missing relative.

That family was subsequently contacted by the authorities regarding an elderly man who had died in hospital, after falling and injuring himself while walking downtown.

The family identified the deceased as their missing relative and a funeral was held.

But this month, the man they believed they had buried reappeared — alive — leaving the police and chief coroner to determine the true identity of the body in the grave.

Cushnie never married and had no children, but did have two living sisters and several nieces and nephews, according to his close friend Andrea Reid. Reid had been leading the search for him ever since she went to his home on Aug. 29 and only found his phone and wallet.

He had a very unique life, and for him to have the most unique ending is a little bit appropriate.
- Andrea Reid, friend of Scott Cushnie


"Last week I got a call from our lead detective that he believed that he had found Scott and he was no longer with us, and then he proceeded to tell me just a tale that is something you wouldn't believe if you saw it on TV," Reid told CBC Toronto.

"He basically just fell and an ambulance saw him fall and tended to him. He was taken to Sunnybrook and immediately succumbed to his injuries."

Mitch Lewis, another friend, said he has known Cushnie since 1978.

He said when he got word that Cushnie had gone missing he couldn't imagine what could have happened to him.

"He was in good mental and physical shape, really good shape for 80-years-old," Lewis told CBC Toronto.

"I always called him a national treasure."

While police have not released the identity of the missing man who has now turned up alive, Lewis believes the entire episode must have been very traumatic for his relatives.

"Regardless of who the gentleman is, it must be awful for that other family. For me it's not over until [there is] conclusive proof," he said.

That proof is expected to come soon. The chief coroner is now preparing to exhume the body to confirm the identity.

So for now, Reid says she is simply looking forward to getting a clear answer.

"As I understand it, he had a funeral, quite a nice one and was buried and that's where he's been this whole time and their family member did return alive and needless to say they had buried the wrong man," she said.

"I'm sorry for laughing but I do believe Scott, wherever he is, is laughing as well. I mean he had an incredible sense of humour and there is absolute relief. He had a very unique life, and for him to have the most unique ending is a little bit appropriate."

With files from Chris Glover

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/missing-toronto-pianist-scott-cushnie-believed-buried-1.4864264

CBC radio interview also available here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-monday-edition-1.4892526/toronto-musician-buried-in-wrong-grave-to-be-remembered-at-a-great-celebration-of-life-1.4892529