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50-year mystery may have been solved

OCT. 25 — Canadian police believe the have discovered the boat and bodies of a couple who went missing 50 years ago.

Members of Ontario Provincial Police’s underwater search and recovery unit found the remains last week in about 85 feet of water in TroutLake, a few miles east of the family’s hometown of North Bay, according to a report in the Toronto Star newspaper. The team had been using side-scan sonar equipment Friday to scan the bottom of the lake.

“It’s very hard to describe, because it’s such a surreal kind of thing,” one of couples’ daughters says in the report.

The pair set out on their boat May 29, 1956, to open the family cottage in North Bay for the season, according to the report. They were expected home in the afternoon but never returned. Police reopened the investigation this summer after news reports about the decades-old case prompted people to call in with new tips.

“Eventually this is going to be a wonderful thing for me,” the daughter says in the report. “But right now, I’m going to deal with it one day at a time.”

— Jason Fell