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OPP have no ID yet

By Sean Chase, The Daily Observer

Police pulled a male body from the Ottawa River along the town's waterfront Friday.

No positive identification has been made on the body. A postmortem was conducted over the weekend in Ottawa.

Police wouldn't speculate if the body was that of Lachlan Cranswick, the 41-year-old scientist with the National Research Council who was seconded to Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, and was last seen on Jan. 18.

"We don't know who it is," said Constable Darin Faris of the Deep River Police Service, who has been leading the investigation into Mr. Cranswick's disappearance. No other missing persons reports had been filed with the department recently.

A pair of canoeists spotted the body floating in Welsh's Bay, a shallow cove over a kilometre east of the marina at around 4:30 p.m., police said. They quickly notified police and the OPP Marine Unit was dispatched to the scene.

Police have been puzzled over the fate of Mr. Cranswick, a native of Australia, ever since he failed to show up for a bonspiel at the Deep River Curling and Squash Club. Officers checked his residence on Summit Street and found the door was unlocked but Mr. Cranswick was not home. Police say his car was parked in the garage and a collection of personal items, including a Global Positioning System (GPS) and wallet, were found inside the house.

As Mr. Cranswick was an avid outdoorsman, police suspected he went for a late-night walk on the nature trails that surround the town when he vanished. Police do not suspect foul play and continue to treat the investigation as a missing persons case.

Sean Chase is a Daily Observer reporter