Death not believed to be suspicious at this time: Bourassa
A boat holding a purple body bag was dragged up the southern bank of the Moose Jaw River – behind the Moose Jaw Union Hospital – at around 8:45 p.m. on Monday evening.
Rick Bourassa, chief of the Moose Jaw Police Service (MJPS), confirmed with local media that the body pulled from the river was that of a male, but there is nothing to further identify the body.
“I can't rule anything out at this period, but what I can say, is it doesn't look like there's anything suspicious about this at this point,” said Bourassa. “However, that could change as more of the investigation moves forward.”
Bourassa did not know the exact time the body was located in the river, but it was around 6 p.m.
Members of the MJPS, the Moose Jaw Fire Department and the Moose Jaw EMS were on scene after the body was discovered.
Before that, however, Bourassa explained that police and fire crews were combing the area where Timothy Lockard, 43, who had previously been reported missing on July 24, had last been seen.
“We'd been investigating (Lockard’s disappearance) over the weekend and today, a decision was made to ask the fire department to help us search the area of the riverbank by the hospital,” said Bourassa.
“We can't say if it is the same person or not, but we are investigating and we will continue to do so.”
Although the cause of the deceased is not yet known, Bourassa said anytime a body is found, it’s a difficult time.
“These are never good situations,” he said. “There are always family members and other people involved who have to go through some pain on this.”
On Tuesday morning, the MJPS told the Times-Herald that the man's body has been identified and his next of kin are in the process of being notified.
Police are expected to provide an update on the investigation later in the day.
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