Police believe Jeffrey Boucher's body has been found

Police believe Jeffrey Boucher's body has been found

First posted: Saturday, March 29, 2014 06:39 PM EDT | Updated: Saturday, March 29, 2014 08:16 PM EDT

A body believed to be Whitby jogger Jeffrey Boucher, who vanished in mid-January, was found washed up on the shore of Lake Ontario Saturday, Durham Regional Police said.
The grisly discovery was made around 2:20 p.m. by a man walking his dog near Thickson Rd. and Crystal Beach Blvd. — a few hours after search and rescue volunteers located the missing 52-year-old’s second sneaker.
“Further investigation took place and we believe the body to be that of Jeffrey Boucher,” Det. Jeff Kennedy said.
He met with Boucher’s wife, Kristen, and one of their two daughters, Bettina, 17, to let them know, Kennedy said.
The family has asked for privacy at this time, “so they can deal with what’s happened,” he said.
But they asked him to thank the media and the public for their help during their ordeal.
“It’s been the media coverage that has kept the public vigilance at a heightened state where we’ve had a lot of assistance ... from day one until we concluded the search today,” Kennedy said.
The Bowmanville high school teacher ran for upwards of an hour every day, according to friends, often travelling 10 to 15 km.
Boucher was last seen by his wife and daughter before going to bed on the night of Jan. 12. He left his home on Gilchrist Ct., near Brock St. and Taunton Rd., for his morning run around 6 a.m. the next day.
Despite a massive search effort, police were unable to find even a shred of evidence regarding his whereabouts.
Their first clue finally came March 11 — after a brief break in the cold weather — when a citizen out for a stroll along the shoreline near the Heydenshore Pavilion spotted a left running shoe.
The GTA was hit with yet another cold snap around that time and the next clue wasn’t found until after the weather warmed up again.
Kennedy said members of the Ontario Volunteer Emergency Rescue Team (OVERT) were out on a training exercise Saturday when they located a right running shoe “encased in ice” around 11 a.m. a few hundred metres from where the first sneaker was found two weeks earlier.
Police quickly determined it was likely Boucher’s other shoe.
Then around 2:20 p.m. a man out for a walk with his dog spotted a body on the lake’s edge about a kilometre east from where the shoes were found.
Kennedy said the milder temperatures in recent days had likely melted the ice away and exposed the body,
The coroner still must confirm the identity of the body.
“But I feel fairly comfortable in saying that this (search) may possibly come to an end now with this discovery,” Kennedy said, explaining police and volunteers have invested thousands of hours into the search for Boucher.
Police aren’t yet able to say how Boucher ended up in the frigid lake.
“The investigation continues,” Kennedy said. “It’s in the coroner’s hands and the cause of death has yet to be determined.”
However, he said that there has been nothing suspicious about the disappearance since the investigation began.
“There’s absolutely no reason for us to believe there’s any foul play here,” Kennedy said.

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It's good, for the sake of the family, that he's been found. Hopefully they can now shed some light on what happened to him.
Although I knew the likelihood of it ending this way was about 99.5% I was hoping he was drinking margaritas somewhere.

Having seen episodes on ID about missing people, I have to think that in the end, it would be far less stressful to learn that a loved one was dead than wonder what happened to them and wondering if they are alive or dead and if they are alive why did they leave.

May he rest in peace.
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