The search for a missing swimmer at Wabamun Lake appears to have come to a tragic end after a man’s body was found early Wednesday morning.
Boaters fishing on the lake found a man’s body in the water around 8:30 a.m., says RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Susan Richter. Police came and removed the body, and believe him to be the 20-year-old Edmonton man who went missing after an evening swim by a boat on Friday.
Those who found him were not part of the search teams. Diving teams, RCMP and firefighters have all taken part in looking for him in the days since he disappeared. But, Richter says the man was found in the search area.
“The lake has very dense weeds underwater that can limit visibility. He was within the weeds,” she says.
The family has been distraught since the young man went missing, Richter says. They were at the lake this morning and have been informed of the discovery.
“I’m happy for them, in that respect, that they can have that closure and they can start to move forward with their grieving and healing,” Richter says.
Mounties shot down rumours earlier this week the man’s disappearance was suspicious. Richter called it a “tragic accident,” and RCMP said earlier there is no evidence to support any theories of foul play, though they have been circulating.
“My understanding is he left the boat to go for a swim, and his friends saw that he was in distress,” Richter explained. “He seemed to be struggling in the water and they at some point lost sight of him.”
Medical examiners in Edmonton will do an autopsy in the near future to determine the cause of death.