Teens body recovered from northern Alberta lake after 3-week search

Teen\s body recovered from northern Alberta lake after 3-week search
Body of boy, 16, recovered from lake south of Fort McMurray
The body of a 16-year-old boy who went missing at Gregoire Lake earlier this month has been recovered.

According to RCMP, search efforts ended Friday evening when the boys body was pulled from the water.

The search efforts from all agencies and volunteers was greatly appreciated, said spokesperson Cpl. Teri-Ann Deobald.

The boy was reported missing on Sept. 1 after a boater spotted him falling off a small boat in the lake. His empty boat later washed up on shore.

Teens body recovered from northern Alberta lake after 3-week search

Police received a call from a boater who saw the boy fall into the lake, south of Fort McMurray, in the afternoon of September 1. The watercraft he was using was found washed up on the shore.

In a statement Friday night, Wood Buffalo RCMP thanked the community for their help and the support shown to the boy’s family.

Lac La Biche RCMP are asking for the publics help to find a missing woman, who was last seen earlier this month in that area.

The weeks-long search for a missing 16-year-old boy has ended with the discovery of his body in Gregoire Lake Friday night.

The body of a 16-year-old boy who went missing in Gregoire Lake earlier this month was found Friday evening, Wood Buffalo RCMP say.

“Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the family, friends and all of the people who have been impacted by this tragedy,” Wood Buffalo RCMP said in the news release. “The RCMP would like to thank the community for their compassion and support shown to the family during this difficult time, and to the search teams.

The boy was seen falling into the water at around 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 1. He was believed to have been on a watercraft that later washed up on shore, RCMP said.

On Sept. 1, Mounties received a call for help from a concerned boater at around 3:20 p.m. The boater reported seeing the teen fall from a boat and into the water. The boat that the boy was believed to be on was later found on shore.

Dive teams used special sonar equipment and underwater cameras to scan the lake for days after the boy went missing, but rough water and bad visibility hindered the search.

His body was pulled from the water Friday evening and his family has been notified, RCMP said in a media release. 

Police, firefighters, sniffer dogs and a mapping and surveying team were among the resources deployed to help with the search effort.

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