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Coroner confirms identity of body in Little Wilson Lake

BC Coroners Service has confirmed that the body recovered from Little Wilson Lake is that of Michael Lorne Guthrie of Trail.

BC Coroners Service has confirmed that the body recovered from Little Wilson Lake is that of Michael Lorne Guthrie of Trail.

The body was found around 3 p.m. on July 9 by three men camping at the lake 38 kilometres north of New Denver.

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

That day, RCMP notified the family of Guthrie that remains were recovered from the Lake where the 32-year-old man went missing in May.

After turning the case over to the BC Coroners Service who conducted an autopsy, identification was confirmed Friday.

RCMP originally attended the lake on May 26 when reports that Guthrie 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.

RCMP said there was 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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