Divers locate body of missing Trent University student in Peterborough: police

OPP divers locted the body Brett Michael LeBlanc on Monday afternoon. He was last seen Nov. 17 at Trent University in Peterborough. Submitted

The body of a Trent University student reported missing was found in the Otonabee River in Peterborough on Monday afternoon.

Police had been looking for Brett Michael Leblanc, 24, who was last seen at Trent University on Tuesday evening and was reported missing on Friday.

According to Peterborough Police Service, based on information received, police and OPP divers conducted a search of the Otonabee River on Monday.

Around 3:15 p.m., the underwater search and recovery unit located LeBlanc’s body.

“The investigation by the Peterborough Police Service has concluded and this is now a coroner’s investigation and no further information will be provided,” police stated.

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“The Peterborough Police Service wish to thank members of the public who had assisted in this matter in attempt to locate LeBlanc.”

Extensive police and community searches of the campus in the city’s north end were conducted on Saturday and Sunday.

Police and family noted LeBlanc was legally blind but was able to walk without assistance but did sometimes carry a cane.

In a statement, Trent University president and vice-chancellor Dr. Leo Groarke expressed “deepest sympathies” to LeBlanc’s family and friends. The university also thanked police, faculty and students who reached out to offer help and support over the weekend.

“It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of Brett’s death,” stated Groarke. “The entire Trent community had pulled together in thought and action in the hopes that he would be found safe. Our deepest sympathies are with Brett’s family and friends. We will be guided by the family around commemoration, and I urge anyone who needs support to reach out to the resources we have available.”

The university is offering counselling and support services for students and employees.

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Search for missing Trent University student on Sunday

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