OPP locate missing snowmobiler’s body

Peterborough, ON, Canada / (CHEXTV)
OPP locate missing snowmobiler's body

OPP on Buckhorn Lake have located the body of a man who was reported missing on Thursday night.

Around 12:45 p.m Friday, Peterborough County OPP Cst. Jason Folz told CHEX News that the man’s body was found 70 meters offshore.

Shortly before 6 p.m., police confirmed the man’s name is John Bernard Shaw, 52, of Selwyn Township.

Police say the man was supposed to return home by 7:30 p.m. Thursday; officers were notified around 9 p.m. that the man had said he was going for a ride on Buckhorn Lake.

Thursday night, a search of the area conducted by OPP officers and a helicopter from Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC Trenton) was unsuccessful in locating the victim.

Folz says search efforts were hampered by unsafe ice.

“This part in towards Gannon’s Narrows/ Fox Island area, the ice isn’t good and our guys know that so we’re trying to stick to the road and look for signs, tracks going off, what have you, but as of right now we’re trying to stay away from the big water,” he said.

Friday, an OPP helicopter from Orillia located the missing snowmobiler in the water near Scollard Bay area of Buckhorn Lake. OPP members from the Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU) attended the area and recovered the rider shortly before 3:30.

A post-mortem examination will be conducted.



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