Body found at Chelsea Dam

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by Joel Balsam on June 4, 2014

MRC Des Collines Spokesperson is being interviewed by a CBC Radio-Canada reporter in front of the road that leads to the Chelsea Dam in Cantley on May 4. Journalists were not allowed access beyond this point. Joel Balsam photo

MRC Des Collines spokesperson Martin Fournel is being interviewed by a CBC Radio-Canada reporter in front of the road that leads to the Chelsea Dam, in Cantley, on June 4. Journalists were not allowed access beyond this point. Joel Balsam photo

A Hydro Quebec worker got to work this morning and found what appeared to be a dead body washed up on the shore of the Gatineau River, at the Chelsea Dam on the Cantley side. Police, forensic specialists, detectives, and first responders from the fire department were on scene, but reporters were not allowed access to the dam or a clear sight of the body.

Police would not release any details about the body as they begin an investigation that will include calling around for witnesses and performing an autopsy. “This type of investigation needs time and that is why we will let our people do their job before we disclose anymore information,” said MRC des Collines police spokesperson Martin Fournel who spoke with the media around 10:30 a.m., just over three hours after the body was first discovered.

“We don’t know why or what happened to that individual who is in the river this morning,” said Fournel. “It could be suspicious, it could be suicide, it could be something else.”

See the June 11 edition of the Low Down for more details on this story.

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