‘Sud­den’deaths of sol­diers to be probed

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TORONTO (CP) — Foul play is not sus­pected in the sud­den deaths of three young sol­diers from Cana­dian Forces Base Borden.

On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice and mil­i­tary in­ves­ti­ga­tors are looking into the deaths, two of which occurred late last month at the base some 100 kilo­me­tres north of Toronto.

The most re­cent death occurred at Bon Echo Pro­vin­cial Park north of Kingston, Ont., were the body of Cpl. Jedd Van­den-Heu­vel was found Sun­day.

“ He was a stu­dent at the Cana­dian Forces Mil­i­tary Po­lice Academy on his first mil­i­tary po­lice course,” said Capt. San­dra Bourne, a mil­i­tary spokes­woman based in Ottawa.

Van­den-Heu­vel joined the mil- itary in July 2009.

The body of Sec­ond-Lt. Fran­cois-Olivier Gau­thier was found on base Jan. 30, while Pte. Martin St. Onge-Gau­thier was dis­cov­ered the fol­low­ing day.

Bourne said nei­ther the in­ci­dents, nor the in­di­vid­u­als, are re­lated.

Sec­ond-Lt. Car­rie Pluck, CFB Borden’s pub­lic af­fairs of­fi­cer, said the two who died on base were also stu­dents.

Gau­thier was tak­ing a lo­gis­tics of­fi­cer course while St. OngeGau­thier was tak­ing his first sup­ply tech­ni­cian course.

“It’s very sad and our thoughts and pray­ers are with the fam­ily mem­bers, the friends and the col­leagues of the fallen mem­bers,” she said.

Pluck said a team of padres and health-care providers have been made avail­able to stu­dents and staff at the base to as­sist with the griev­ing process.

“It’s part of our rou­tine to have a men­tal health team on the base and to give brief­ings ... to help with the day to day is­sues and the added stres­sors that mil­i­tary mem­bers have as a whole as a trade,” she added.

“Once the deaths have occurred, they’ve gone out and re­it­er­ated what ser­vices there are and let mem­bers know there is help should any­body need it.”

The Cana­dian Forces Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Ser­vice is prob­ing the two deaths that occurred on base, while pro­vin­cial po­lice are han­dling the third death.

The ex­act causes of death have not yet been re­leased.

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