Bodies found in Winnipeg River confirmed as missing snowmobilers: Sagkeeng chief

CTV Winnipeg
Published Wednesday, November 21, 2018 12:42PM CST
Last Updated Wednesday, January 9, 2019 8:57AM CST

UPDATE: Sagkeeng Chief Derrick Henderson says two bodies retrieved from the Winnipeg River last week have been identified and confirmed as the people who disappeared in November while trying to cross the river on a  snowmobile.

Henderson says their names are Ashley Guimond and Julia Bruyere.

EARLIER: A second body has been discovered during a search of the Winnipeg River Wednesday, according to Sagkeeng First Nation Chief Derrick Henderson.

This news comes hours after the RCMP confirmed that a body was recovered from the Winnipeg River around 2:30 p.m. by volunteer divers.

It’s the same body of water where two snowmobilers went through the ice in November, but the Mounties said they haven’t confirmed the person’s identity yet and an autopsy is being scheduled.

A spokesperson for the RCMP also said there have been unconfirmed reports that a snowmobile was seen by divers in the water, but notes these divers were not RCMP officers.

A volunteer dive team, known as HEART, resumed the search this week for the two people who went through the ice in the Sagkeeng First Nation area on Nov. 20, 2018.

The initial search efforts were called off due to dangerous conditions, ice and fast moving water.

– With files from CTV’s Josh Crabb