Boy, 8, found dead in Rushing River Provincial Park
KENORA, Ont. - Provincial police in Kenora, Ont., said an eight-year-old boy was found dead at Rushing River Provincial Park early Sunday morning.
OPP Kenora detachment Staff Sargent Jeff Duggan said the boy's family was camping at the park.
Police said they searched the park with the emergency response team, a K9 unit and the Kenora Marine and Trails unit.
His body was found around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, said Duggan. He went missing around 9:45 p.m.
"It's very tragic," said Duggan. "The family is not local. We are not releasing the name. They do have to travel home," he said.
Camper Darcy Medeiros arrived at the park office Saturday night and saw a man panicking.
"Pretty much like, 'I need to see a police officer. I need to see a police officer,'" Medeiros said Sunday.
Many campsites at the park are situated along high ridges and near water.
Andy Willerton, a dad of three, has been coming to Rushing River since he was little and can't recall anything like this death ever happening.
"This is just sickening. It's just awful. I can't imagine that happening to my kids. Awful. I feel terrible for the family," he said.
OPP blocked off an area in the Southeast Campground of the park with police tape. The area is next to a footpath along high ridge and overlooks Dogtooth Lake. (Photo: Beth Macdonell/CTV Winnipeg)
Police said they are still notifying family about the boy's death. Autopsy results are expected to be released Tuesday.
Duggan said foul play is not suspected at this time, pending the autopsy.
With files from Beth Macdonell and The Canadian Press