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Police find boat, two bodies in remote area of French River

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Mar 12, 2014 - 2:22 PM |
The Noelville detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is currently investigating the discovery of a small boat and two bodies in a remote area of the French River, about 15 kilometers southwest of Hartley Bay. FIle photo.

The Noelville detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is currently investigating the discovery of a small boat and two bodies in a remote area of the French River, about 15 kilometers southwest of Hartley Bay. FIle photo.

Bodies still unidentified, boat believed to belong to missing couple

The Noelville detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is currently investigating the discovery of a small boat and two bodies in a remote area of the French River, about 15 kilometers southwest of Hartley Bay.

Recovery efforts are currently underway by the OPP Northeast Region Emergency Response Team (ERT), Snowmobile, All-Terrain Vehicle and Vessel Enforcement (SAVE), helicopter and members of the Noelville detachment.

The boat is believed to be that of Robert (74) and Antoinette (67) Desrochers, who were reported missing to police on Dec. 19, 2013.

Police investigation at the time suggest the couple encountered some kind of problem while returning to their water access home on Pig Island on the French River in the Hartley Bay area on Nov. 22, 2013. They never reached their destination.

Extensive searches of the area at the time of their disappearance yield no signs of their whereabouts and they have not been seen or heard from since.

The identities of the two bodies are unknown at this time pending recovery efforts and further investigation.

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