Man found dead in river

Hardy Park in­ci­dent treated as sus­pi­cious

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City po­lice have found the body of a miss­ing 33-year-old man in the St. Lawrence River and are now treat­ing his death as sus­pi­cious.

Brockville po­lice early Fri­day evening said the On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice’s Pro­vin­cial Un­der­wa­ter Search and Re­cov­ery Unit (USRU) re­cov­ered the body of the miss­ing per­son, Damian So­bieraj.

“The Brockville Po­lice Ser­vice is con­tin­u­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and his death is be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious,” po­lice added.

The body was re­cov­ered Fri­day af­ter­noon “right in Hardy Park, in the wa­ter... just off shore,” Staff Sgt. An­drew Harvie said.

Po­lice were not re­leas­ing any fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the mat­ter as their in­ves­ti­ga­tion shifted gears. Asked what prompted the con­clu­sion of a sus­pi­cious death, Harvie said: “Just the cir­cum­stances around the case.”

The On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice divers had been called in to as­sist in the search for the 33-year-old man, who went miss­ing in the St. Lawrence River off Hardy Park on Thurs­day evening.

Of­fi­cers were sta­tioned on the wa­ter­front trail on Fri­day morn­ing to keep pedes­tri­ans away as a foren­sic team took pic­tures along the shore.

Later Fri­day, they closed Hardy Park en­tirely, along with the boat ramps at Henry Street and at Home Street.

Along with the OPP Un­der­wa­ter Search and Re­cov­ery Unit divers, a Brockville po­lice boat searched the wa­ter off of the park and an OPP he­li­copter cir­cled above.

As a large crowd gath­ered at the western tip of nearby Block­house Is­land for the reded­i­ca­tion of the Sabre Jet me­mo­rial late Fri­day morn­ing, the OPP he­li­copter cir­cled close by over­head, prompt­ing cer­e­mony or­ga­niz­ers to ex­plain to the crowd why it was there.

The he­li­copter could later be seen mak­ing more slow passes in the neigh­bour­hood of the Tall Ships Land­ing con­do­minium tower.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred along the river­front in the park be­tween Home and Henry Streets, po­lice said.

Brockville po­lice were still hop­ing, as of Fri­day evening, to speak with two wit­nesses who were push­ing a stroller in the park Thurs­day night. The man and woman briefly spoke with po­lice Thurs­day night when po­lice first ar­rived on scene.

Po­lice are ask­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion about last night’s in­ci­dent or the where­abouts of So­bieraj to con­tact the Brockville Po­lice Ser­vice at (613)-342-0127.


A Brockville po­lice of­fi­cer searches the wa­ter off Hardy Park Fri­day morn­ing.


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