Identity of a male body found in the Cowichan River could be known by Monday

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The identity of a male body found along the Cowichan River could be known by Monday, a spokesman with the B.C. Coroner's Service said Saturday.

Lake Cowichan RCMP Cpl. Krista Hobday said it was unknown if the body found near the river Thursday is that of Calgary's William Shearer, 58, who slipped into the dangerous drink on April 13.

"We've notified his family that we've recovered a body," she told the News Leader Pictorial, noting there were no other folks missing in the area.

A fisherman found the corpse hanging in shoreline brush at about 11:45 a.m. May 24.

RCMP responded and located a fully clothed male at the river's edge, just south of Spring Pool, she says in a press release.

Cowichan Search & Rescue arrived and recovered the body on behalf of the coroner's service.


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