Human Remains Recovered

(CLARENCE-ROCKLAND, ON) – The Russell County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating after human remains were located in the Ottawa River in Clarence-Rockland.

An individual, fishing at the boat launch on Edwards Street, called the OPP around 10:30 a.m. on April 15, 2024, to report sighting what appeared to be human remains.

OPP officers, assisted by the Clarence-Rockland Fire Department, attended the location and recovered the remains.

An investigation by the Russell County OPP and Russell County OPP Crime Unit, with assistance from the OPP Forensic Identification Services Unit, is underway, in conjunction with the Office of the Chief Coroner, to determine the identity of the deceased and the circumstances surrounding the death.

A post-mortem examination will be conducted.

While the investigation is in the early stages, the OPP does not believe there is any concern for public safety.