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OPP finds body of missing canoeist in Saganagons Lake

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have located the body of a missing canoeist on Saganagons Lake.
Pictured here before their canoe trip is Tony Smith and his family. Grant Smith is third from the right. (Help Tony's Family in Their Time of Need/GoFundMe)

SAGANAGONS LAKE – OPP Northwest Region is reporting that the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit located the body of a man from Indianapolis, Indiana, who went missing after a canoe capsized on Saganagons Lake in Quetico Provincial Park.

According to Brenda Smith Copass-Israels, her brother Tony Smith, his three sons, and some friends went on a canoe trip to Saganagons Lake.

On June 5, the six individuals in two canoes hit an unexpected, fast-moving storm where they capsized.

Tony and two of his sons made it ashore, but the third son, Grant Smith, did not.

Police found his body at around 4 p.m. on Sunday.

OPP and Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry resources have cleared the area.

Before Grant's body was found, the family setup a a GoFundMe page.

The page states that “any type of donation to help the family out in this unthinkable time of tragedy would be tremendous.”



Clint Fleury

About the Author: Clint Fleury

Clint Fleury is a web reporter covering Northwestern Ontario and the Superior North regions.
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