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Body of man who fled from police found in creek near Edson

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July 14, 2020 at 11:16 am - Home, Local News
By Erika Chorostil

Edson RCMP says the body of a man who allegedly fled from officers during a traffic stop last month has been found in a creek near Edson.

Police had stopped the 44-year-old Edmonton man along Highway 16 on June 29th.

During the traffic stop, RCMP say the man took off in his vehicle westbound at a high rate of speed before rolling the vehicle into a creek off Highway 16 near Range Road 171, east of Edson.

Edson RCMP, along with the assistance of RCMP Air Services and Police Dog Services, Search and Rescue, Yellowhead County drones, and the Saskatchewan RCMP Underwater Recovery Team, all conducted numerous ground, water, and underwater searches in an effort to locate the missing driver. It is believed that receding water levels and a number of other factors contributed to the delayed discovery.

On July 11th, police were notified by the man’s relatives, who had been searching independently, that his body had been located about 250 metres downstream from the crash site.

Police say an autopsy will be completed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner at a later date.

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