Owen Sound police say the OPP’s underwater dive team has recovered a body believed to be that of a missing Canadian soldier.
Officials say the body believed to belong to Andrew Fitzgerald was located near a water treatment facility on the east shore of the Owen Sound harbour on Thursday at 3:45 p.m. after a search that involved the Canadian Armed Forces, OPP and Owen Sound police.
Pte. Andrew Fitzgerald, a native of Nova Scotia, had been the subject of an extensive search since he was reported missing on Saturday. The 19-year-old was based at the 4th Canadian Division Training Centre near Meaford, which is around 30km from Owen Sound.
According to a GoFundMe page dedicated to the search, Fitzgerald had just graduated from a course at the base. His parents had travelled from Cape North, Nova Scotia for the graduation and were in the area when Fitzgerald went missing.
He was last seen at an Owen Sound gas station Saturday morning at around 4 a.m. His family reported him missing at about 10:30 a.m.
A post-mortem is scheduled to be done at the London Health Sciences Centre to confirm the person’s identity.
Officials say they will provide more information at a press conference at 11 a.m.