Body confirmed as missing Calgary man

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The body found in the Cowichan River Thursday has been confirmed as that of a Calgary man who went missing in April.

In press release issued this afternoon, the B.C. Coroner's Service confirmed the body found by a fisherman just south of Spring Pool was that of William Shearer.

Shearer, 58, was visiting family in the Cowichan Lake area when he went missing late on the evening of April 13 after going out for a walk.

The investigation has ruled out any suggestion of foul play in the death.

Lake Cowichan RCMP Cpl. Krista Hobday said Shearer's family was notified Thursday about a body being found.

Identity was withheld publicly until the coroner confirmed whose remains were found.

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, Hobday says in a press release.

Cowichan Search & Rescue arrived and recovered the body on behalf of the coroner's service that analyzed the remains during the weekend.


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