Provincial police near here recovered a body from the St. Lawrence River late Sunday morning, and the provincial coroner's office says it could be months before the public is informed of any updates.
The body was found in the river just west of Prescott around 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
A release by the Ontario Provincial Police said the remains were decomposed. An officer on scene Sunday refused to provide any details, including the person's age, gender and whether foul play is suspected.
The Office of the Provincial Coroner is leading the investigation. A post-mortem examination will be completed to determine the person's identity and to discover the cause of death.
“In cases like this, it can be quite complex. We may be looking at a few months before we do have any results and the information will be shared with members of the family, but certainly could not be made public,” said Dr. Louise McNaughton-Filion, with the Office of the Provincial Coroner.
“I can tell you that the investigation is ongoing. I really can't comment any more until the investigation is completed,” said McNaughton-Filion.
The last known case of a person being lost to the St. Lawrence River happened on February 13 of this year.
On that day, a man was spotted walking across the river ice toward open water about 300 metres off shore, near the Brockville Yacht Club.
A firefighter from the Brockville Fire Department reached the victim, whose head could be seen above the ice ledge in the river, at approximately 9:30 a.m., and initial radio traffic indicated the person had been secured. That call was quickly followed by a negative response and the man disappeared from view.
Personal items, including a coat and laptop computer, appeared to have been left on a park bench on the shore.
Police refused to speculate whether the recovered body might be of that man.