Man's body found in McLeod River near Whitecourt, police probe possible drowning

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Emergency workers found a man’s body in McLeod River, near Whitecourt, after police were called in about a possible drowning Monday afternoon.

A caller told police around 4 p.m. a man fell into the river and didn’t surface, Whitecourt RCMP said in a Tuesday news release. Police officers, firefighters and paramedics went to the area the man was last seen and found his body just before 5 p.m.

A 31-year-old man, from Whitecourt, was pronounced dead on site.

Police aren’t releasing his identity and the investigation is still underway.

Whitecourt is about 180 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

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