De­ceased male found in Newell County canal

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - NEWS - Con­trib­uted

Brooks RCMP con­firmed on Tues­day, July 9 that the Brooks Fire depart­ment had found a de­ceased adult male in the Spring Hill Canal as fire depart­ment mem­bers were con­duct­ing a search of the canal.

The male had not been iden­ti­fied as of Wed­nes­day morn­ing and RCMP are work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Of­fice of the Chief Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner in Cal­gary.

There is no in­di­ca­tion that this is a sus­pi­cious oc­cu­rance.

Mem­bers of the fire de­part­ments from Brooks and Medicine Hat, RCMP, in­clud­ing a K9 unit, as well as mem­bers of South­east Al­berta Search and Res­cue and HALO had been search­ing the area when the ve­hi­cle be­lieved to be driven by 25-year-old Joseph Given re­port­edly veered off High­way 1, trav­eled through a field for ap­prox­i­mately three-quar­ters to one kilo­me­tres at a high rate of speed, and sub­se­quently, hit a ravine, end­ing up sub­merged in wa­ter.

“When we ar­rived, there was no per­son lo­cated in and around the ve­hi­cle, so we don’t know how many oc­cu­pants would be in the ve­hi­cle, whether it was a sin­gle driver or there were pas­sen­gers in there,” said Brooks RCMP Cpl. Richelle Daly, adding that the ve­hi­cle was reg­is­tered to Given’s fa­ther.

“The reg­is­tered owner of the ve­hi­cle was his fa­ther, so he was con­tacted that night and we were ad­vised that (Given) was the pri­mary driver of the ve­hi­cle,” said Daly.

“The pre­vi­ous night, he was in contact with his fam­ily and it’s be­lieved he was driv­ing the ve­hi­cle at that time. So he’s the last known op­er­a­tor.”

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion will be pro­vided when it is made avail­able.

With files from the Medicine Hat News.

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