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RCMP search for witness after body pulled from river in Banff

RCMP said a deceased male was found in the Bow River in Banff on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016.
RCMP said a deceased male was found in the Bow River in Banff on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. Provided by Sue Huff / Twitter

Police in Banff and the RCMP Major Crimes Unit are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a man who was pulled from the Bow River Monday.

RCMP identified the deceased as Banff resident Michel Lemire, 58, who was originally from Trois-Rivieres, Que. He was last seen sometime Sunday night, police said.

Lemire worked as a dishwasher at the Park Distillery since the restaurant opened last June. Colleagues remembered him as caring, loving and funny to be around and said he had many friends in Banff, along with family back home in Quebec.

The restaurant is holding a celebration of life Thursday night at 9:30 p.m. for Lemire’s friends and family.

RCMP are not releasing the results of the autopsy, which was conducted Tuesday.

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“One of the things we’re looking for is anybody who came in contact with the deceased on the night of Nov. 13—the Sunday night—we would like to speak with them,” Cpl. Curtis Peters said.

RCMP said a deceased male was found in the Bow River in Banff on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016.
RCMP said a deceased male was found in the Bow River in Banff on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. Provided by Sue Huff / Twitter

Police are also looking for a potential witness, described as a man wearing a yellow snowboard jacket in the area of the Banff Avenue bridge and the YWCA at around 11 p.m. on Nov. 13.

Anyone with information is asked to call Banff RCMP at 403-762-2226 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously.

“We don’t believe there’s any concern to the public,” Peters said.