London Police say the body of a male was recovered from the waters at Westminster Ponds early Monday afternoon during a search for a 19-year-old Simcoe man who went missing over the weekend.
According to a police media release, searchers made the recovery just before 1:55 p.m. While the family of the missing man has been notified of the recovery, the deceased’s identity has not been confirmed, police said.
“Identification of the deceased, as well as efforts to determine cause and manner of death, will form part of the death investigation and additional information may be released at a later time,” said police.
Members of the Major Crime Section remained at the scene Monday afternoon, along with the Office of the Chief Coroner.
Police had been searching in the area for a 19-year-old man from Simcoe who went missing around 3 a.m. Sunday after he and two others went out onto the water in a canoe that later overturned.
A 21-year-old male and 19-year-old female, both of London, made it back to shore, but the Simcoe man did not, said London Police Constable Ken Steeves.
Members of the London Fire Department and OPP assisted in the search, and on Sunday, provincial police used a drone to search the area, while London Police and Fire officials scoured the water with boats. Divers attended the scene on Monday.
None of the three individuals were wearing life-jackets at the time of the incident.
The investigation is ongoing.