Body found in North Saskatchewan River is man lost trying to rescue stranger's dog

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Edmonton city police have confirmed that a body discovered in the North Saskatchewan River Friday was that of a man who went missing after trying to rescue a stranger’s dog.

The 55-year-old man, later identified as Rob White, went after a dog that escaped onto dwindling ice in the river on April 6. He broke through, along with the dog, and ended up in the fast-flowing frigid water.

Fire crews fought to pull White from the water, but eventually lost sight of him. After hours combing the river, the search was called off.

Since Rob’s disappearance, his family have been inundated with condolences, which include stories about the unique impacts White had on people’s lives.

Rob’s wife, Roberta White, said her husband didn’t live like most other people.

“He was extremely unconventional,” White said. “He was very eccentric. He never held onto things — like if something was given to him, he would just give it away again.”

— With files from Jonny Wakefield

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