No foul play in death of missing Tyendinaga woman, police say

Michelle had been missing since Jan. 8, 2024.
Michelle had been missing since Jan .8, 2024. Tyendinaga Police Service

A woman missing for over a month has been found dead, Tyendinaga police say.

Michelle Kunkel, 38, had been the subject of a land and water search since she was reported missing Jan. 9.

In a media release Monday investigators said Kunkel’s body was found under the ice in a waterway near the intersection of Highway 2 and York Road in Shannonville, in the area where she had last been seen, Saturday.

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They said there is no indication foul play was involved, although the investigation is ongoing.

Tyendinaga police said they were saddened by the result.

“Michelle has been located, but it was an outcome no one wanted,” officers said in a post on Facebook.

“The Tyendinaga Police wish to express heartfelt condolences to Michelle’s family and the friends that stood by them.”

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Tyendinaga police said no further details will be released at this time, but thanked the more than 30 OPP officers who assisted in the investigation, along with flight and boat crews and K9 units.

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