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POLICE – Body of missing TRU student recovered from North Thompson River

The body of a missing student was recovered from the North Thompson River today (May 4, 2019).

The RCMP Underwater Recovery Team searched the area along Schubert Drive where the 23-year-old TRU foreign student went missing in the river Friday and found his body about 10:50 a.m. today.

While drowning is believed to be the cause of death, the BC Coroner Services were called to the scene to take over the investigation. No criminal activity is suspected.

“This appears to be nothing less than a truly tragic accident,” said S/Sgt Mat Van Laer of Kamloops RCMP.  “The public should always be extremely careful around moving water. The shore line can shift from year to year and the river floor can drop rapidly in some places.”

He said the student was out by the river taking pictures with friends when it appears he stepped a bit too far and fell off a steep embankment. The victim’s family lives in India, and police are currently liaising with them.

As the summer months are approaching, “People with little to no swimming experience should never approach water without proper safety gear and supervision,” added Van Laer.

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