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Evidence suggests missing Levack man drowned: Police

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Mar 19, 2014 - 11:52 AM |
Greater Sudbury Fire Services received a call that someone had apparently fallen through the ice near the Levack Public School around 6 p.m. on March 18. The case has been handed over to Greater Sudbury Police Service. Inset: An OPP helicopter is currently flying over Onaping River searching for the missing man. Photo by Terrie McElhone Pilon.

Greater Sudbury Fire Services received a call that someone had apparently fallen through the ice near the Levack Public School around 6 p.m. on March 18. The case has been handed over to Greater Sudbury Police Service. Inset: An OPP helicopter is currently flying over Onaping River searching for the missing man. Photo by Terrie McElhone Pilon.

Police are now in a recovery situation as evidence suggests the missing Levack man has drowned, said Greater Sudbury Police Service.


He has not been seen since early Tuesday afternoon.

GSPS has been in contact with the OPP in regards to having their dive team help.

"The terrain in this particular area is challenging, and the current is very strong; therefore, a decision will be made as to how this recovery attempt will be conducted," said police in a news release.

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A 39-year-old Levack man is missing after emergency services conducted a search near the Onaping River at the end of High Street in the community, said Greater Sudbury Police Service.

Police and firefighters were called to the scene at about 5:40 p.m. on March 18.

Initial investigation revealed the man left his home earlier in the day, but did not reach his destination.
 

A family member started searching for him, and noticed a set of single footprints leading towards open water on the river.

Officers requested the help of fire water rescue and EMS. They found personal items belonging to the the missing man next to the open water.

At this time, the Ontario Provincial Police helicopter is in the area, assisting with the ongoing investigation.

Greater Sudbury Fire Services Platoon chief George Lalonde said they received a call that someone may have jumped into the river near the Levack Public School around 6 p.m.

“When we got there, we sent our rescue boat out onto the ice,” Lalonde said.

“We couldn’t find anything, so we’ve turned it over to the police. They will try to find out exactly what happened.”

Levack resident Terrie McElhone Pilon said she heard sirens and saw police, EMS and fire trucks at the Levack Pubic School.

“This morning on my way to work there was a helicopter casing the river,” Pilon said.

“(There’s) lots of rumours that someone fell in…but I still don’t know what happened.”

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