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Report of body in Otonabee River in Peterborough unfounded: police

Peterborough emergency crews responded to reports of a body in the water in the London St. area late Sunday night.
Peterborough emergency crews responded to reports of a body in the water in the London St. area late Sunday night. Harrison Perkins/Special to Global News Peterborough

Police in Peterborough say a report of a body in the Otonabee River on Sunday night was unfounded.

Just before midnight, emergency crews said they searched the river near the London Street bridge following reports of a body possibly in the water.

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A man on scene claims he called 911 after walking across the bridge and noticed what he believed to be a body floating on the east side of the river near the shore.

Peterborough firefighters used a boat and an underwater camera to help with a search.

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Crews cleared the scene around 2 a.m.

According to the Peterborough Police Service, firefighters located a jacket with “negative results in locating a person.”

“At this time, it appears it was a jacket floating in the water,” said Lauren Gilchrist, the service’s communications coordinator.

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