UPDATE: Remains of male, who went missing in South Saskatchewan River in Medicine Hat, recovered

Medicine Hat, Alberta – In the early morning daylight hours of August 2, 2020, Medicine Hat Fire Service and South East Alberta Search and Rescue returned to the South Saskatchewan River to recover the remains of the 31 year-old male who had been swept away into the river the previous day.

At about 11:15 am, August 2, 2020, Medicine Hat Fire Service located the remains of the male who had been previously reported as missing.

Foul play, alcohol, and drugs are not believed to be factors in this instance, however, the Medicine Hat Police Service has commenced a death investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of the individual. This is a normal function of the police and their duties as investigators on behalf of the Office of the Medical Examiner.

The following City of Medicine Hat Resources were deployed:

Medicine Hat Fire Service

Medicine Hat Police Service

Community Resources that contributed to the search and recovery were:

HALO

South Eastern Alberta Search and Rescue

The Medicine Hat Police Service Victim Assistance Unit is supporting the family with on-going support during the grief process.

The Medicine Hat Police Service will not be releasing the name of the decedent.

PREVIOUS REPORT:

Medicine Hat, Alberta – On August 1, 2020 at 5:36 PM, emergency services were called to the area of the South Saskatchewan River near Finlay Bridge, as an adult male had gone missing while in the river.

Police, Fire, South Eastern Alberta Search and Rescue, and HALO searched the river and surrounding area, however, by darkness he had not been located. Foul play, alcohol, and drugs are not believed to be factors.

The male is described as Caucasian, 31 years old, 6’1” tall, and was wearing blue camouflage shorts.

Finlay Bridge in Medicine Hat
Finlay Bridge in Medicine Hat

Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to call police at 403-529-8481.

The search is to resume during daylight hours.

Medicine Hat Police Service



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