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Video of disturbing discovery downtown goes viral

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Sep 02, 2014 - 12:06 PM |
A YouTube video shot by Sudbury man Marcel St-jean shows the shocking discovery of a body downtown. Photo from video.

A YouTube video shot by Sudbury man Marcel St-jean shows the shocking discovery of a body downtown. Photo from video.

City man records tragic discovery of a lifeless body

Greater Sudbury Police Service has released the name of a man whose body was discovered in a laneway downtown Aug. 29. The man has been identified as Vincent Harper, 55.

He was found in a laneway between Elm and Cedar streets just before 8 p.m. on Friday. Transported to Health Sciences North by paramedics, Harper was pronounced deceased in hospital.

Police say there is no foul play in the case. Family members of Harper were located and have since been notified.



A YouTube video shot by a Sudbury man – which shows the discovery of a body downtown Friday – has passed 281,000 views. 


Marcel St-Jean hasn't returned messages seeking comment, but his video has been shared hundreds of times on social media. The clip runs for five minutes, 47 seconds, and shows St-Jean and his partner first heading downtown for Ribfest.

But as they arrive downtown, something seems wrong near the area where they park.

“Is everybody OK?” St-Jean is heard to say, as a group of people emerge from the area. “Should we call for help?”

He then walks closer to what appears to be two people laying on the ground. One is unconscious, but the other person – whose face is blocked by a large white circle – appears lifeless. A 'graphic content' warning also appears on the video before the deceased man appears.

Ambulance and police arrive a short time later on the video, and a visibly shaken St-Jean addresses the camera and reflects on what he witnessed and experienced.

St-Jean is known for his videos of life, and was the subject of a May 2012 story by NorthernLife.ca. In that case, a video he shot of an inebriated cyclist attracted more than 147,000 views and was picked up by a U.S. syndicated TV show.

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