Autopsy being done on body found in Rideau River, may be connected to London teen’s murder

23-year-old Muhab Sultanaly Sultan of Calgary is wanted for second-degree murder in the June 14, 2015 slaying of Ontario teen Jeremy Cook. London Police Services/Handout

An autopsy is being performed on the body an unidentified man recovered from the Rideau River on Saturday, but police are not saying whether it is that of a suspect wanted in connection with the murder of 18-year-old Jeremy Cook in London, Ont. earlier this month in an alleged dispute over a cellphone.

The Special Investigations Unit said an autopsy is taking place on the body today in Ottawa and added that it has not yet been positively identified.

London Police said last week that they are investigating the possibility that the suspect is 23-year-old Muhab Sultanaly Sultan of Calgary, who is wanted for second-degree murder in the June 14 slaying of Cook.

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An arrest warrant was issued for Sultan on June 19 and police said in a release Thursday that they are monitoring the Ottawa Police’s investigation and working with their counterparts there to determine if the missing man is in fact Sultan.

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Ottawa Police said Thursday that the man tried to run over two on-duty bicycle officers in downtown Ottawa at King Edward Ave. and Rideau St. around 4 p.m. Wednesday, leaving one officer with minor injuries.

They said they gave chase in a squad car and ended up on Wiggins Private near the Rideau River, where they said two suspects jumped out and officers arrested one, but lost the other.

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Several hours later police said they were called to the river’s edge at Range Rd. and Mann Ave., where witnesses reported a man was trying to swim across the river.

Police entered the river after the man was showing signs of distress, but as they approached the suspect he went under the water and has not been seen since.

Search dogs were used to locate the suspect but police said they were unsuccessful.

Ottawa Fire Services also attended the scene but were not able to locate the man.

The SIU has designated four witness officers and two subject officers from the Ottawa Police Service, in addition to four investigators to investigate this incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the SIU lead investigator at 416-622-0748 or 1-800-787-8529, Ext. 1925.

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The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.

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