June 24, 2013 11:43 am

Body of missing canoeist found near Fort McKay

An RCMP cruiser

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Edmonton – The body of a 66-year-old man who went missing during a canoe trip has been found in northern Alberta.

The Wood Buffalo RCMP were called to an area north of Fort McKay Sunday afternoon after getting reports of a body floating in the Athabasca River.

Police, along with a Fort McMurray Search and Rescue boat and a helicopter from Phoenix Heli-Flight, investigated and found the body.

The victim was on a canoe trip with three other Lac La Biche men earlier in June. Police hope an autopsy will confirm the cause of death, but foul play is not suspected.

The search continues for a 58-year-old man who also took part in the canoe trip.

The other two men who were on the trip were found on June 12 on an island in the Christina River.

The water level was considered high and fast in the river when the group went missing.

The foursome was reportedly traveling in two separate canoes.

The 66-year-old victim’s identity is not being released.

© Shaw Media, 2013

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