Body recovered from Little Wilson Lake near Rosebery

Campers discovered a body in Little Wilson Lake this week, where Trail resident Michael Guthrie went missing in May.

Campers discovered a body in Little Wilson Lake this week, where Trail resident Michael Guthrie went missing in May.

At around 3 p.m. on July 9, RCMP learned three men camping at the lake near Rosebery had come across the body, reported Sgt. Darryl Little.

“That afternoon they saw a body floating in the water,” said Little.

While one man traveled into an area with cellular coverage to call RCMP, the other two secured a rope to the body and pulled it to shore.

“Our members attended and removed the remains,” said Little.

RCMP say the family of Guthrie was notified remains had been recovered from the Lake where the Trail man went missing but couldn’t confirm identity of the body.

“We are not speculating at this time that it is the body of Michael Guthrie,” said Little. “We can’t confirm anything until a positive ID is made on the male.”

The BC Coroners Service is now handling the case and an autopsy is scheduled.

RCMP originally attended the lake on May 26 when reports that the 32-year-old did not resurface after his canoe capsized. His two fishing companions were able to swim to shore but Gurthrie was not.

At that time, an extensive search occurred at the lake with sonar equipment aiding divers as the shoreline was monitored. The search was slated to resume this weekend as the family privately hired a search company to return to the lake.

“In the mean time, this body was recovered,” said Little.

The RCMP have concluded their investigation because there is nothing suspicious in the death.

“There is no indication upon initial evaluation of the body that there was any foul play involved,” said Little.

Little Wilson is a high-altitude lake and described as approximately 63 acres in size with an average depth of 39 feet, however, there are spots over 80 feet in depth.

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