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Search for missing canoeist suspended, turned over to RCMP

A search and rescue helicopter is seen at CFB Trenton. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

Nova Scotia’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) said Wednesday evening that based on the results of the search over the last 26-plus hours, the search for a missing person has been suspended.

“Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to the family, friends, and community. The case will now be turned over to the RCMP as a missing persons case,” said the JRCC in a tweet.

RCMP say they are searching for 69-year-old Kenneth Peter Surette, who was last seen travelling in a canoe on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Shortly after 12 p.m. on Tuesday, officers received a report of a dead person on the shoreline of Morris Island.

The remains were identified and police believe the person was an individual who was travelling with Surette in the canoe.

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The RCMP notified Nova Scotia’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) a few hours later that there was a missing person in the water.

A CH-149 Cormorant Helicopter and a CH-130 Hercules Aircraft from 14 Wing Greenwood assisted in the search.

CCGS Clarks Harbour, a PAL aircraft and RCMP officers also assisted in the search on Tuesday evening and into Wednesday, the JRCC confirmed.

Shortly before 9 a.m. on Wednesday, JRCC reported to RCMP that searchers had located a canoe in the water between Surette’s Island and Morris Island.

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A command centre has been established at the Island Social Club on Surette’s Island, RCMP confirmed on Wednesday.

Ground search and rescue efforts started on Wednesday and were expected to cover a zone of approximately 15 kilometres, including the shoreline of mainland Nova Scotia and areas of Surette’s Island and Morris Island.

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Police say they have no reason to suspect criminality at this time.