Body of missing Airdrie teenager recovered from central Alberta lake: RCMP

The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police 'E' Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday April 13, 2018. Daryl Dyck, The Canadian Press

The body of a teenager who was missing after reports of a possible drowning was recovered, Alberta RCMP confirmed Friday evening.

Stettler RCMP said they, along with partner agencies, recovered the body of 17-year-old Ajay Purba from Buffalo Lake.

“RCMP send their deepest condolences,” a news release stated.

On Tuesday afternoon, RCMP were called to Buffalo Lake near Ol’ MacDonald’s Resort, about 115 kilometres southeast of Edmonton.

Purba had been floating on a tube in the lake with family and friends before possibly drowning, RCMP confirmed.

An RCMP drone, fire crews and a STARS air ambulance were all deployed to search for Purba, police said.

Emergency crews were unable to locate the teenager in the water.


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