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Police are investigating after a body was pulled from the Ottawa River near Calumet Island Tuesday.
Quebec Provincial Police pulled the body of a man from the Ottawa River just east of Whitewater Region Tuesday.
Fishermen discovered the male caucasian in his 30's near Grand Calumet Island around noon hour. There was no identification in his personal effects, said police as they continued their investigation Wednesday.
It appeared the body may have been in the water for a few days. Police could not determine the immediate cause of death. A post-mortem is being conducted in Montreal.
"The state of the body does not permit a visual identification," said Sgt. Daniel Thibaudeau, a spokesman with the Sûreté du Québec.
The victim, described as 1.8 metres tall and sporting short light-brown hair, was wearing dark blue shorts and necklace. Attached to his waist was a small pouch containing an IPod.
So far, authorities are puzzled. Sgt. Thibaudeau said it doesn't appear the case corresponds with any missing persons report in the province of Quebec in the area of Pontiac County.
Police also don't believe the victim is connected with the disappearance of 28-year-old Fouad Nayel. He was last seen on June 17 when he left Ottawa in a black 2002 four-door Nissan Altima. He told friends that he was headed to Petawawa and would be back in a few hours.
The Sûreté du Québec are seeking the public's help in identifying the victim. Any information can be directed to the Campbell's Bay detachment at 819-648-2141.
Sean Chase is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist