Coroner confirms body found in the river is that of drowned teen

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The regional coroner has confirmed that a body pulled from the Ottawa River is that of a 14-year-old boy who drowned near the Prince of Wales Bridge last Friday.

The Ottawa Police Service said the body was recovered near Lemieux Island on Monday afternoon.

The coroner concluded that the youth had drowned. The victim’s name has not been released.

The City of Ottawa has for years been trying to block people from gaining access to the 140-year rail bridge, which was purchased by the city in 2004 as part of an O-Train expansion scheme to downtown Gatineau. Despite the city’s best efforts, people continue find a way onto the dilapidated truss bridge.

Kevin Wylie, general manager of the public works and environmental services department, said Tuesday that the city continues to take action to prevent trespassing at the Prince of Wales Bridge.

“Structures in place to prevent trespassing and protect public safety include signage, chains and fencing,” Wylie said. “In addition, city staff do daily patrols of the bridge, conduct regular inspections and ensure any repairs are completed promptly.”

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